The rain that fell for almost two days in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has claimed lives of two people and destroyed property.
The rain began on Sunday and continued till Monday night, sending panic through the flood-prone city. The Oluyole Local Government Area of the state was mostly affected by the downpour.
Flood wreaked havoc in the Arapaja area, opposite the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway and Akala new extension as motorists who risked wading through the flood lost control of their vehicles. Unknown to some motorists, the flood had swept off a linking bridge. Commercial tricyclists and motorcyclists were said to have fallen victims. Eye witnesses said two people were swept away in the area.
Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, Olabisi Ilobanafor, confirmed the death of an aged man and a commercial motorcyclist. She said the bodies of the two unnamed victims were recovered by rescue workers.
Ilobanafor said the corpses were recovered around 8.15a.m. on Tuesday near Challenge Police Station.
“The old man’s name was unknown. He was going in the rain and his leg slipped causing him to fall, hit his head on a stone and he died on the spot,” she said.
Our correspondent reports that rescue workers from the fire service department in the state were seen on Monday night searching for victims in the river that runs across the community.