From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
Over 56 residential buildings in Alifekede community, Ika South Local Government area of Delta State were at the weekend destroyed by heavy rainstorm that was accompanied by thunder, and uncontrollable flood.
While the only market in the community was reportedly shattered with the zincs pulled off, and threw them far away, investigation revealed that its traders suffered untold losses to the devastating rainstorm that swept across the entire community.
Spokesman for the community, Mr. Monday Obizai who spoke to our reporter said: “the rainstorm finished our community, destroyed the only market, we have no market again, it also destroyed over 56 houses, many of the house owners are now homeless” and called on the State Government to come to their aide.
One of the victims whose house was destroyed, Pa Christopher Onyeochan 96 years old said: “I have no house to sleep, at present my children have taken to somewhere, I appeal to the State Government to come to our aid”.
The community’s spoke however said no life was during the incident, noting that over 18 traders at the market sustained various degrees of injuries while the rainstorm lasted.
Mrs. Patience Igbinovia who sustained severe injuries on her sick bed at the Agbor General Hospital told our reporter “over N3million goods, particularly garri and other food stuff were destroyed; heavy block of the market fell on me as the rain started around 8:30am on the fateful day”.
Further investigation revealed that the rainstorm heavy nature blew-off all the roof in the market including exposing the waves as nobody could salvage anything, rather the traders, many of whom ran for safety.
Meanwhile, youth leader of the community, Mr. Kingsley Isioma Obiazi has decried the lack of government presence in the community, regretting that the community had over thirty years, suffered delay of infrastructural development.
He however called on the state government and donor agencies to come to their aid, and particularly stressed that need for government to make the people of Alifekede feel the sense of belonging in the provision of democratic dividends.