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By: Ade Adeleke
Hundreds of houses were on Wednesday and Thursday submerged by flood, while thousands of residents have been rendered homeless in several communities in Eseodo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Some of the communities included Igbotu, the hometown of the mother of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Chairman of Eseodo Local Government, Mr Omolewa Ojo and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Jimi Kufo.
Others included Igbobini, Iluagbo, Sabome, Inikorogha, Oboro, Ojuala, Ipoke and Igbekebo, the headquarters of the Eseodo Local Government.
Also, many residents of the communities have been rendered homeless as many of them now take shelter on the major roads in the town.
Besides, all the roads linking the communities including Igbobini-Irele have been cut off forcing the people to use canoe to access their destinations.
The people who are predominantly of Apoi and Ijaw are now living in churches, schools and roads as flood have sacked them from their houses.
The Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Omolewa Ojo said thousands of the people in the Local Government have been rendered homeless because of the flood.
Ojo said many of the residents especially children have been trapped in their houses because of the flood.
He called on the both the Federal and State Governments to come to their aids so that the people could live their normal lives.
The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Kufo said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) would soon distribute relief materials to the people.
Kufo cautioned people against building their house along canal just as he warned against indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways.