Rescue team comprising policemen, officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and six local divers on Wednesday recovered the remains of a victim, Mr. Ebenezer Olabode, who was swept away by flood at the Oke Onitea area of Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday.
The rescue team was said to have searched for Olabode till midnight without success.
They reportedly resumed work at about 6am and searched the river until Olabode’s corpse was found at the Government Reserved Area, where the flood swept it to.
The corpse was immediately taken to a morgue where it was deposited.
One Pastor Paul Usman, who spoke on behalf of the family of the deceased, described him as a God-fearing man, adding that the incident was an unfortunate one.
Usman commended the police and the NSCDC officials for their efforts towards the recovery of the remains of the victim.
He said it was better to prevent disasters, including the natural ones, than to manage them. He added that with proper prevention, the loss of life and property recorded as a result of the flood would have been averted.
Meanwhile, there was apprehension among residents of flood-prone areas as rain continued to fall on Wednesday, while others already affected by flood counted their losses.
A shop owner, whose goods were destroyed by the flood, Chinedu Chukwu, said he lost electronics worth millions of naira to the flood.
Chukwu said all his goods were soaked, while some were swept away by the flood which took over the shop.
Some elderly women selling foodstuffs were in tears while narrating how the flood swept away their foodstuffs.
One of them, Mrs. Awawu Ogunrinde, said she and other sellers were away for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration when the rain started.
Ogunrinde said, “We are in serious debt now. All our rice, yam flour and bags of beans were swept away by the flood.
“We all took loans from a microfinance bank to buy the foodstuffs, and they have been swept away now. I don’t know how I will repay the loan.”
Some members of the Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Igbala District headquarters, Gbonmi, Osogbo, were seen bailing out water from the church auditorium, while others were salvaging equipment from the flooded church.
The Commandant of the NSCDC in Osun State, Mr. Philips Ayodele, who went round the town with officials from the Disaster Management Unit of the agency, condoled with the family of the deceased.
The NSCDC boss said people ought to have taken preventive measures since it was predicted that Osun State would experience heavy rainfall.
The Publicity Secretary of a faction of the People’s Democratic Party in the state, Mr. Sunday Bisi, blamed the flood on “dereliction of duty on the part of the state government.”
He said it was unfortunate that roads in the state had been turned into ponds and lakes despite the huge funds wasted on “purported flood controls.”