Over 200 houses had been destroyed by rainstorms in Ekiti State within in the first two months of the year.
The General Manager of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Jide Borode who made this known in Ado Ekiti said the disaster majorly affected about four local government areas in the State.
Expressing shock at the devastating effect of the rainstorms and what he described as the monumental loss suffered by the affected people whose houses have their rooftops blown away, Mr. Borode however noted that there was need to be grateful to God as there was no report of loss of life.
He listed the affected communities to include Ado metropolis, Emure, Ise and Erinjiyan in Ekit West Local Government Area of the State where he estimated the damage to run into hundreds of millions.
Borode called on the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the affected victims of the rainstorms, saying that the effect of the damage was too massive to be left for the State government alone to handle and the victims of the disaster urgently needed succour that would assist them to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
He also warned people in the State to avoid building houses in flood prone areas stressing that the best period to acquire land was during the rainy season when flood prone areas could be easily identified.
The SEMA boss also cautioned against acts that could hinder free flow of water in the canals adding that people in the State should cultivate the habit of planting trees that could assist in protecting houses from storms and erosion.
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