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.