TRAGIC: Seven confirmed dead in Ibadan due to heavy downpour

According to a report by Premium Times,seven persons have been confirmed dead in Ibadan,the capital city of Oyo State due to an heavy rain fall.

The rain which started at about 9pm on Sunday lasted till Monday left the residents counting their losses.
According to the residents of the affected communities in Oluyole Local Government Area of the State said the victims were swept away by the flood while trying to cross a bridge, which, unknown to them, had already collapsed under the water.
The impact of the flood was noticeable in areas like Arapaja, Akala new extension, and Lao hospital area where some people reportedly fell into the flood waters when they tried to cross the flood-covered collapsed bridge.

Witnesses said some commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators, who were not aware that the bridge had caved in, fell into the flowing erosion and were swept away.
An official of the state fire service department, who did not want his name disclosed as he was not authorised to speak, said only two persons were affected. He said when the fire service was informed, its officials moved in to rescue the victims.
The Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor, said she got the information that an old man, an okada man and his passenger were swept away by the flood; while some other victims of the collapsed bridge were rescued.
She said she was yet to confirm the report.
Efforts to speak with the interim chairman of Oluyole Local Government Area, Ayodeji Abass, were unsuccessful as his phone was switched off.
Source: Premium Times

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