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RAINSTORM WREAKS HAVOC IN OMALA LG, As Residents Call for Urgent Government Aid

Properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed Tuesday night in parts of Omala Local Government Area as a result of heavy downpour.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

The heavy downpour led to massive flooding and destruction of houses especially in the Obeya, Oleji, Olomala and Echa areas of Abejukolo the local government headquarters.

Our correspondent who visited the area reported that the destruction of landed property was massive while the major road was blocked by a fallen mast belonging to one of telecommunication operators.

Other roads in the town were littered with blown away roofing sheets, uprooted trees and other debris occasioned by the heavy rainstorm.

Other villages in the Local Government seriously affected by the storm included Agbenema, Odumukpo, Okpotala, Bagaji, Bagana, obakume, Ibado-Akpacha.

Residents of the local government and communities mainly affected by the destructive rainstorm are appealing to the Kogi State government through the State Emergency Management Agency to come to their aid urgently.
< Sadia-Umar-Farouq
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs

Most worrisome is the situation at the Government Science Secondary School Abejukolo where the school has been rendered uninhabitable as all the classroom roofs have been blown off. Of note is the fact government had abandoned the school for a long time and the recent rainstorm only reinforced the the dilapidation of the school.

Reacting to the situation, a leader of the Omala community in Abuja, Dr James Odaudu said the development was worrisome especially in the wake of the present economic meltdown occasioned by COVID-19 Lockdown.

Odaudu appealed to both the Federal and Kogi state governments to urgently extend the distribution of palliatives to the communities in Omala Local government in order to mitigate their losses as a result of the storm.

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