Osogbo - No fewer than 106 houses were destroyed by natural disasters in Osun between January and July, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The General Manager of Osun Emergency Management Agency, Tunde Oyesiji, disclosed this in an interview with NAN in Osogbo on Tuesday.
According to him, the breakdown indicated that 19 houses were affected in Osogbo in February by rainstorm with heavy wind.
In March, another 48 residential structures were affected in Egbeda-Loogun; 13 structures with farmlands in Akola; eight structures in Irawo; one in Ile-Ogbo; one in Ilesha; one in Ijebu-Jesha and one in Ede.
“In Ilesha and its environs, 14 properties were recorded to have been affected by rainstorm, including residential and commercial buildings, in March,” he said.
Oyesiji also said three persons died when a bungalow was razed by fire in Kajola in July.
According to him, figures were based on cases reported to the State Emergency Management Agency.
“Some of these disasters have been effectively managed and prevented.”
“The government has proven to be responsible and responsive by putting measures in place to prevent and manage disasters in Osun,” he added.
Measures put in place, he said, included removal of illegal structures on water channels and drains, dredging of water ways and procurement of 50 ambulances for emergency response.
He said other measures were the inauguration of 2.5 million tree seedlings for planting, organised refuse collection and the release of functional emergency telephone lines of fire service stations to the public.
“Considering the socio-economic losses of natural disasters, no amount is too much to spend on disaster management and clean environment,’’ he added.