The people of Okpe Isoko in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State are counting their loses following heavy rainstorm that wrecked havoc in the agrarian community leaving hundreds of the rural dwellers homeless.
The Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly Honourable Tim Owhefere who visited the community for on the spot assessment of the situation expressed shock over the huge loss and urged the people to remain calm as they await the intervention of relevant authorities.
Several houses numbering over two hundred had their roofs completely or partially blown off by the rampaging storm which also destroyed economic trees, electricity poles and cables.
Schools infrastructures both government owned and private as well as church buildings were not spared by the rainstorm.
The community has been thrown into a state of despair as according to the people the incident was the first time they were experiencing such magnitude of a natural disaster that had rendered many homeless.
Following the disaster, the member representing the Isoko North Constituency and Majority Leader in the State House of Assembly, Honourable Tim Owhefere promptly visited the community next day to ascertain the extent of damage and sympathise with the victims.
Hon Owhefere described the rainstorm as hurricane like, saying that the indigenes have been devastated by the unexpected natural disaster as many have lost their buildings and other valuables to the rainstorm.
He promise to reach the governor to brief him of the situation with a view of bringing succour to the victims by providing immediate relief materials.
Honorable Owhefere urged the victims to be patient and remain calm as government would not abandon them adding that a similar rainstorm hit Emevor community though not as bad as that of Okpe Isoko Community and government was already responding to them.
The President General, Okpe Isoko Community, Mr Alor Okpelogbo, a community leader, Reverend Richman Idisi and Bishop Israel Akozor whose church building and school were destroyed by the rainstorm said over two hundred houses had their roofs blown off and appealed for prompt government intervention.
They commended Honourable Tim Owhefere for the visit to ascertain the extent of damage done to the community by the rainstorm adding that no life was lost but only a woman was hospitalized following injuries sustained .
Honourable Owhefere was also at the Palace of the Traditional Ruler of Okpe Isoko, Agbabe Ekpolo the second where he assured the monarch that government would respond to the community and sympathised with the victims.
The Monarch thanked Honourable Owhefere for the visit to the community a day after the rainstorm saying the community was pleased and called on the State government to come to the aid of the victims.
He said the people were mainly farmers and the rainstorm had destroyed many farms and economic crops.