Rain­storm de­stroys houses in La­gos

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

An early morn­ing rain­storm yes­ter­day de­stroyed at least 12 houses at the EbuteMetta area of La­gos Main­land LGA.

Property worth mil­lions of naira were said to have been de­stroyed while scores of people were ren­dered home­less as the rain­storm was ac­tive for about one hour. The houses worst hit are on Ondo Street, Abeokuta, Tapa, Osholake and Bola Streets, all within Ebute -Metta West.

When our cor­re­spon­dent vis­ited the area, it was ob­served that the roofs of 12 build­ings were blown-off. A blownoff roof fell on some ve­hi­cles parked in­side the Obadare Church at Oloko­dana but no one was hurt.

The rain­storm also dam­aged more than 10 ve­hi­cles at Osholake, Ondo, Abeokuta and Tapa Streets. Dis­placed res­i­dents feared fallen elec­tric­ity ca­bles de­tached from elec­tric poles which lit­tered streets in the area. An af­fected res­i­dent, Mr. Do­tun Alak­ija, who lives on Ondo Street, told our cor­re­spon­dent that he and his fam­ily were pre­par­ing for church ser­vice when the storm started.

“It caught us by sur­prise. We didn’t ex­pect it and within sec­onds the rooftop of the house was blown off. Sud­denly the sky went dark and wind started blow­ing and it rained heav­ily,” he said. He and other af­fected res­i­dents urged the state govern­ment to come to their aid.

Gover­nor Raji Fashola of La­gos

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