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Obaseki offers condolences, support after deadly thunderstorm at Edo Market

9th July 2024

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with the family of the four people who lost their lives in the Jattu market, in Etsako West Local Government after a thunderstorm during an early morning rain that caused trees to fall on those in the market.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday and made available.

Reported on Monday that four persons were confirmed killed by trees which fell as a result of a thunderstorm that struck the popular Jattu market in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo following a downpour.

The chairman of the council, Marvellous Zibiri, confirmed the death of the persons while speaking to journalists at the market.

According to Zibiri, some others were also injured and are presently recovering at an undisclosed hospital in the area.

He described the incident as a tragedy and sympathised with families who lost their loved ones, appealing to residents of the local government to stay indoors whenever it rains.

Condoling the families of the deceased, Obaseki said, “I received with a heavy heart the news of the unfortunate incident that occurred on Monday morning in Jattu market, Etsako West Local Government Area of the State, where about four lives were allegedly lost due to fallen trees caused by a heavy downpour.

“The incident is deeply saddening and I extend heartfelt condolences to the victims and families affected by the very tragic incident.

“Emergency response teams have since been deployed to manage the situation and provide support and assistance to those affected, while urgent steps are immediately being taken to ensure such tragedies are prevented in the future. While we urge all residents to exercise utmost caution as the rainy season intensifies, we reassure you of sustained efforts and our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens.

“May God grant repose to the souls of the departed and succour to their families”, he added.

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