Downpour Submerges Osogbo Market, Properties Worth Millions Destroyed

Market men and women of Akindeko Market, Alekuwodo Area, Osogbo have been counting their loss after goods worth millions of naira were swept away by flood  due to a downpour that lasted for hours on Tuesday across the state capital.

Apart from the Akindeko Market that was completely submerged, the flood also washed away bridges and cut off many communities in Osogbo.

In areas like Igbona, Testing Ground, Ayekale, Awosuru, Rasco Alli and Alekuwodo, the flood impeded human and vehicular movement for several hours.

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A pepper seller at the Akindeko Market, who gave her name simply as Mrs Aninola, said traders made efforts to salvage some of their wares, but were unable to bring out the bulk items due to the large volume of water that took over the area.

She said, “Something like this has not happened in the past eight years. During Aregbesola’s first term, the market was reconstructed and there had not been flood since then.

“Men of the Osun State Fire Service got to the scene early to ensure that no one was trapped in the flood.”

When contacted, the Administrative Officer of the state fire service, Fatai Aremu, said though many parts of Osogbo experienced flooding, no life was, however, lost.

 

Source: The Punch

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