Heavy Downpour Wrecks Havoc in Kogi Community, Destroys Farmlands, Houses

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Residents of Iyah Gbedde in Ijumu local government area of Kogi State are counting their losses after a heavy downpour has wreaked unimaginable havoc on Tuesday night.

The heavy rain destroyed farmlands and houses, including the community town hall.

Narrating the ordeal, National President of Iyah Gbede Development Association (IDA), Dr Emmanuel Jeminiwa said the heavy rain and windstorm started on Tuesday night and washed away farmlands, while houses were not left out in the damage.

He noted that Iyah Gbede is an agrarian community, adding that crops including yams and cassava among others have been washed away.

According to him, the disaster also affected the community township roads as they are currently impassable.

He also stated that farmers are currently finding it difficult to go to farms as the bridge along their farms has been destroyed, describing the disaster as unfortunate.

Dr. Jeminiwa said the damage is beyond what the community can handle.

He appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), corporate organizations and public-spirited individuals to come to their rescue.

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