Over 2,000 people sacked by Ocean Surge, 200 houses destroyed in on Ondo community


Hundreds of homes and properties including schools, and hospitals were destroyed while over 2,000 persons displaced by flood at Ayetoro, a riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


Residents of the southern senatorial district of the state, on Saturday afternoon, witnessed the damage the water incursion had caused to many homes. Affected residents said the ocean surge occurred in the midnight when no one could save any of their properties.

Counting his losses, on of the residents Mr Michael Alaje said;

“It was a terrible scenario for us, as many of us have lost our belongings to the sea incursion. As you can see, many of us have been rendered homeless now. The government has abandoned the community to be at the mercy of ecological disasters.”

Another resident, Ikulajo Adesola, said people in the community are scared that they may be wiped out by the sea in the next few days.

“As at this morning (Saturday), the ocean surge has wiped out some parts of Ayetoro community. Asides homes and properties that have been destroyed, the residents now live in fear of getting wiped out by the sea in the next few days.”


Also speaking on the incident, the secretary of Ayetoro Youth Congress, Emmanuel Aralu, said the community has been battling with the challenges for over 15 years.
He called on the government to immediately give residents of the community necessary assistance to avoid future occurrences.

Atinuke Nukay

Atinuke Nukay is a Presenter/Reporter for TV360 Nigeria, Abuja Bureau.  She is a Media/Communication professional, who has worked as a ICT journalist, and is also specialized in Business, Telecommunications, Gender Issues and several other Beat-reporting for more than a decade.  Atinuke currently covers the National Assembly for TV360. She has garnered robust and wide international exposure over the years.  She is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and also the Vice President, Nigeria Information Technology Reporters' Association (NITRA) Abuja Chapter. A graduate of Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja. Atinuke is a business communication strategist and image perception management professional and a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

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