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News - North Central - Kogi Updated: April 10, 2024

1000 rendered homeless as rainstorm wreck havoc in Kogi community

By TIMOTHY TIMILEHIN ENIETAN-MATTHEWS
April 10, 2024
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A massive rainstorm has wreaked havoc in the Iyara community, headquarters of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, destroying hundreds of houses and rendering 1000 persons homeless.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Monday, with locals disclosing that many affected families are now seeking refuge with neighbours, relatives, or friends.

The traditional ruler of Iyara, Oba Jacob Meduteni, expressed sadness over the disaster, noting the significant number of people now homeless due to the storm. He appealed to affluent individuals and organisations to assist the victims during this difficult time.

Speaking on the incident, Alhaji Aliyu Badaki, the National President of the Iyara Development Association (IDA), said over 1000 individuals have been affected. 

He described the scale of destruction as substantial, especially given the economic challenges facing the country, making it difficult for the victims to recover on their own.

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Adebayo Bamisaiye, one of the victims, in a plea for assistance, noted that such a severe storm had not occurred in the community for many years. 

“The cost of rebuilding is daunting, considering the current economic situation in the country, making it challenging for many to rebuild their homes anytime soon,” he said. 

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