Rainstorm kills one, renders over 500 homeless in Delta

Heavy rainstorm has wrecked havoc rendering over 500 people in five communities in Isoko North local government area of Delta state homeless. 

The heavy rainfall, accompanied by storm, killed one person and left the people in tears of agony at the weekend. Some of the residents of the communities were hospitalised as result of the terrible storm. 

Also, many people were injured in the storm that wrecked havoc in Otor-Iyede, Ekuigbo-lyede, Ogewho and Oghara-lyede.

The deceased, Ataregre Naphtal, 18, from Ekreme in Otor-lyede, according to his father, Mr Ataregre Peter, was outside playing with his friends when thunder struck.

The deceased’s father said his son died immediately as a result of the injury sustained from the rainstorm while his remains had been buried.

Apart from the death, several houses, including Concord International School, were destroyed rendering several people homeless in the rainstorm that lasted about two hours.

Blueprint learnt that several electric poles were destroyed, leaving the community in total blackout.

A community leader and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring, Mr. Jonathan Umukoro said, “The rainstorm was a terrible one which destroyed several buildings including the Oghara Iyede town hall.”

According to him, “It destroyed over 50 houses. Most of our properties have been destroyed. This is beyond our capacity and we call for help from relevant government agencies and well meaning individuals.”

Speaking on the development, Chairman of Isoko North local government area, Mr. Emmanuel Egbabor condoled with the family of the deceased and assured that he will immediately visit the area to ascertain the level of damage.

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