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Flood Kills Two-Year Old Boy In Ogun Community

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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 at 12:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase.

OGUN – A two year old boy was on Monday swept by heavy downpour at No. 11 Adenle Street, Baale-Akinosi town in Ajuwon in Ifo local government area of Ogun state.

Due to the rainfall many houses in the area were submerged while properties worth millions of naira also destroyed.

However some of the residents of the area who spoke with Independent said the tenant who lost her only baby had just spent her first night in the house when the incident happened.

Atoke Akinbo, landlady of the house where the incident occurred explained that the mother of the baby was not around when the rain started and the tenants did not  know that she left her baby at home.

Her words: “When the rain started we don’t know the baby is inside the mother of the baby is not around, it was when she came back and she said her baby was  inside the room that we all rushed inside, but when we got there we found the baby floating”.

According to Akinbo, “we took the baby and started pressing the baby and water was coming out from his mouth, nose and ears and we rushed him to a nearby hospital but to no avail. We lost the baby.”

Akinbo further said the woman just packed into the house on Sunday stressing that it was her first night in the house, stressing that her family members have been living in the area for over 20 years that it has been an annual problem.

Her words: “We have been leaving here for over 20 years now but we have not been experiencing it like this before, it was just some years back that it started entering our houses, though there has been heavy flooding but it passes in front of the house but now it is entering the house because there is no passage for it again people has built houses where it suppose to pass that is why it is entering houses now,”

But our correspondent was not able to speak with the mother of the baby because the tenants said she had gone to Ajuwon police station with the landlady to report the incident.

However residents of the area lamented that the problem is an annual one that many people had been forced to vacate their properties and houses whenever the rain starts during the year and comes back when the rain has ended later in the year.

Also speaking with Reverend Joshua Adegbola, Coordinator, Baale Group of Community Development Associations said the problem is an annual one that what the area need is proper drainage.

“Government should do a plan of the drainage and make same available to house owners so that they know how to channel their gutters to avoid the present confusion,”

Adegbola added that whenever it rain parents are always afraid to send their children to school because of the flooding in the area.

Also the only public primary school in the area Local Authority Primary School was affected, as pupils and their teachers had to wade through water to get to their classrooms on Tuesday morning when Independent visited.