A final year student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, has been swept away by flood following a recent heavy downpour in Ondo State.
Many residents of Ado Ekiti, the state capital, were also said to have been thrown into utter misery and confusion as the downpour wreaked havoc on different parts of the metropolis.
The deceased student, identified as Doyin, an indigene of Ekiti State, was reportedly swept away to an unknown destination by the heavy flood from a canal very close to her residence in Akungba town.
The rain began around 2:45pm on Monday and lasted until 12:15pm on Tuesday, rendering many residents homeless and destroying farms and other valuables worth several millions of naira.
Some of the affected areas include Ajilosun, Adebayo, Odo Aremu, Ureje, Eminrin, Old Garage, Irona, Atikankan, Olorunsogo, Olorunda and Basiri, among other parts of the metropolis.
The landlord of the missing student in Ondo, Elemukona Ademola, who narrowly escaped the raging flood, said: “I have to climb cocoa tree, when many people thought I had been carried away by the flood.” The landlord said he had made many efforts to curtail the erosion from the canal.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Agriculture, also an indigene of the town, Otunba Gboyega Adefarati, paid a sympathy visit to the area and warned his kinsmen against building houses very close to the canal.
Adefarati equally cautioned those in the habit of blocking the drainages with refuse to desist from such act, as this practice always leads to flooding.
Already, the AAUA authorities have suspended lectures and tests earlier scheduled for the week over the incident.
A statement signed by the Institution’s Acting Registrar, Opeolu Akinfemiwa, however, said all students should resume Tuesday.
According to him, “The University is leaving no stone unturned in the quest to find the missing student. Divers and other volunteers have been sought to search the path of the river in a bid to find the missing under graduate.”