Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo state has often had dates with flooding and has just been left devastated again after a less than 6 hours heavy downpour in West Africa’s largest city. Over 300 houses were affected.
InsideOyo.com has, however, discovered some of the areas that have tendencies of flooding if nothing is done urgently to forestall it by the state government and individuals in the districts.
Here are details of some strategic areas in Ibadan that require attention before a calamitous flooding erupt like the last one.
Bodija area is a large district in Ibadan hosting one of the largest market in the city, two exuberant residential estates, hotels and other upscale businesses. This concentrated wealth has wooed a lot government expatriates to find a living within Bodija.
In spite of these features, Ibadan cannot afford to be submerged by either a fire outbreak or flooding because of the large population therein as this will hit the economic and political sphere of the state.
Apata area is a highly centralized residential and commercial area in Ibadan located on the outskirts of the state capital. Apata gives an easy mobility to Lagos, Ogun state etc. It is also home to more than 2 agricultural research institutes
Challenge area, Felele, Ibadan is another populated and renowned areas within Ibadan with a high standard of living. Famous for its economic contributions towards the state, it is both a residential and commercial location which is mostly plied by people across different regions. Assets in Challenge will make a thought of flood in the area very unimaginable.
Moniya is a remote area and headquarters of Akinyele Local Government of Oyo state. A sister station of the federal radio corporation of Nigeria- Amuludun FM resides there. It has a well-known market that keeps the economy alive. Because of the remote buildings and housing system, Moniya is prone to flooding.
Ojoo is another populated area within Akinyele Local Government area. It has a wide federal brigde/expressway that has remained vulnerable to auto-crash over the years. The Army Barrack, Odogbo is as well located in this area.
Eruwa is a populated place in Oyo state. It is located at an elevation of 157 meters above sea level and its population amounts to 71,027 and has a tropical wet and dry climate , with a lengthy wet season. There are two peaks for rainfall, June and September. The mean temperature ranges between 32.22C in January to March and 21.11C in June and August. The indigenous occupation is agriculture (fishing and farming) making the effects of flooding really huge.
7. Odo Ona
Odo-Ona Elewe is a local community in the Ibadan South West Local Government Area of Oyo state. During raining season, the river gets over flooded and wreck havoc to houses and residents around.