Six persons die in rainstorm, flood sweeps 10-year-old boy away

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Six persons have been reportedly killed in the Oko Oshimili South Local Government Area of the Delta State following a rainstorm recorded in the area on Wednesday.

The PUNCH reports that the rainstorm also destroyed many buildings in Okwe and Issele-Azagba communities among others.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, who confirmed the development on Thursday in Asaba, the state capital, said five others who were injured were being treated in hospital.

Aniagwu said, “Six persons lost their lives to rainstorm and windstorm recorded in the Oko community area.

“A building collapsed which led to the death of six persons, one other person is critically injured and is being attended to at the Asaba Specialist Hospital, while five others who sustained various injuries are already in stable condition.

“It is quite disturbing and unfortunate. It is our prayer that God will grant the deceased eternal rest even as we pray to God to comfort the bereaved families and grant them the fortitude to bear their losses.”

In a related development, Aniagwu said a 10-year-old boy was swept away by a flood in the Okotomi area of Okpanam community in the Oshimili North Local Government Area.

He said the state government was coordinating rescue efforts to recover the body.

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