Nigerians are beginning to experience Nigerian Meteorological Agency forecast of extreme rainfall this year. Many states in the country has already recorded volumes of rain like never before.
In Osogbo, the Osun State capital yesterday, tragedy struck as many houses lost their roofs to the gusting wind that accompanied the two-hour rain, with property worth millions said to be destroyed.
A resident of Oke Ayepe area of Osogbo was quoted as saying that the state has not witnessed the kind of destruction caused by the rain storm in a long time.
“The government did its best by clearing flood channels, but you know nobody can control the wind. It was so devastating. A lot of houses were destroyed.”
The source who pleaded anonymity said worse than the destruction of property the rain brought was the life of one of his colleagues that “the rain took away”.
“They finished the work in my area and were just going home when the rain started. They hid somewhere for the rain to reduce, but as they waited for the long rain, thunder struck my colleague and he died. It was unbelievable.”
The source said what made his colleague’s death more painful was that he could have been at home when it rained.
“Yesterday was his birthday. He clocked 23. I heard his friends advised him to rest at home on his birthday, but he insisted on going to work. I heard he asked them who will be feeding him after his birthday, and that was how they left him to go.
The 23-year-old victim was said to have been buried according to Islamic rites.