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Regional News of Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Two children drown in manhole

The manhole was full of water due to heavy downpour

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Two children have drowned in an abandoned manhole at Budumburam zone 11, near Kasoa in the Central region.

The children, Maa Lizzy aka Nhyira and Yaw Israel, two years and one and a half years respectively, were said to be playing there when the unfortunate incident happened.

A relative of one of the deceased, Osafo Isaiah told Adom News’s Kofi Adjei, that there was no one at home to stop them from going to the manhole.

The parents, are said to have left for the market leaving the children behind.

The manhole was said to be full due to heavy downpour the previous days.

“They were two years and one year and half respectively. Maa Lizzy and Nhyira.
It rained heavily last Thursday and that made the manhole very full. It happened around 2pm Tuesday when they were playing."

They suspect the children they decided to wash their feet in what they thought was a pool of water after playing, but, unknown to them, the pool was rather a manhole filled with water.

In the process of washing their feet, they slipped into the manhole and drowned.

Osafo Isaiah said to prevent a future occurence, “we will rebuild the walls of the manhole and drain the water out for the mean time.”

Meanwhile, a school boy who chanced upon the scene said “the manhole was about 8 feet and had been abandoned for a long time. I saw them in the manhole when I was returning back from school…”

The bodies have been deposited at St. Gregory Catholic hospital’s morgue.

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