Regional News of Thursday, 24 April 2014


Tragedy: Father, daughter die in building collapse

A 28-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter have died after the walls of their bedroom collapsed on them at Aninkruma near Barekuma in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ashanti.

Kofi Boateng, the father and Maame Pokua were pronounced dead on arrival at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) after the tragedy on Tuesday night.

His wife, who is five months pregnant, and another child were seriously injured, and are currently receiving treatment at the same hospital.

She is said to have lost one leg in the accident.

Nhyira FM's Ohemeng Tawiah reports that the family was asleep when a section of the building gave way trapping them inside for a while before neighbours came to their rescue.

He reports that the five-month old pregnant mother had attempted to escape with the now deceased daughter, but were hit by the falling walls.

The cause of the building collapse has not been established yet.

However, neighbours suspect a heavy downpour early on could be a significant cause of the tragic incident.

District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Nana Asare-Bediako, who was astounded by the tragic incident, has advised people in weak structures to take precaution, especially as the rains set in.