The weekend downpour, accompanied with storm, in Kwara State has wreaked havoc, destroying properties worth millions of naira across the state.
The heavy downpour, which lasted for about two hours rendered thousands of Ilorin residents homeless.
Roofs were seen littering the streets when TopSearch visited the affected places.
Both public and private schools were also affected, while many electric poles and masts fell in some of the affected places.
Some of the affected places included Oloje, Abayawo, Alore, Aromaradu, Alagbado, Gambari, Kankatu, Omoda, Taiwo, Alfa Yahaya among others.
When our correspondent visited the affected places, victims were seen salvaging their belongings.
Affected people are now taking refuge with their neighbours, even as they made passionate appeal to government and other well meaning individuals to come to their aid.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with families whose dwellings were affected in Saturday night’s heavy rainstorm in different parts of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday morning by the Chief Press Secretary to the state government Rafiu Ajakaye.
According to the statement, “The Governor is saddened by the havoc wreaked on various households in Ilorin, the state capital, and indeed elsewhere across the state by the heavy rain storm. He sends his heartfelt commiseration and a message of hope to such families in this trying time.
“As part of his proactive measures to mitigate the effect of this natural disaster which had been predicted by the NIMET, the Governor had last week visited various Federal Government agencies including the NEMA to seek special relief for Kwara.
“The state government is again urging the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara State for special support. The Governor, for his part, is immediately setting up a special disaster response team to collate data of areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources. That response team will be announced shortly .
“The Governor is also aware of the damage to electric poles during the storm. He has directed relevant agencies to quickly fix the poles as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the restoration of power services.”