Barely one month after rainstorm killed persons and destroyed over 50 houses in Igarra in Edo State, a similar incident has occurred in Fugar, the administrative headquarters of Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state, destroying houses and displacing about 2,500 persons.
The rainstorm, reportedly occurred during a downpour, also left hundreds of live stock dead and injured two persons who had been treated and discharged from hospital.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, who visited the victims and carried out an on-the-spot assessment on Wednesday, assured them that government would begin supply of relief materials in the coming days to cushion the effect of the disaster.
Accompanied by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and other government officials, Odubu said he was in the town to assess the extent of damage done by the rainstorm.
He expressed shock over the disaster and commiserated with the residents over the loss of property and the temporary displacement occasioned by the devastation, and announced that the government would send SOS to the Federal Government to assist in restoring their normal lives.
Speaking through an interpreter, some of the affected victims thanked the state government for the visit and its willingness to offer them a lifeline at their trying moment.
Briefing the deputy governor, the Chairman of the council, Emmanuel Momoh, disclosed that the council had started distribution of relief materials, adding that 116 houses an electricity polls were affected.
The traditional ruler of Aviawu of Aviawu, Chief Jackson Etokhana, said the disaster was unprecedented in the history of the community