Tears Flow For 5 Siblings

Some family members sitting in front. INSET: The caskets containing the mortal remains of the deceased. The baby and the mother were put in one casket

Hundreds of people who thronged the Sekondi Wesley Cathedral of
the Methodist Church, including family members and friends, to bid farewell to
the five siblings who were killed by floods at Ngyiresia in the
Sekondi-Takoradi recently, wept uncontrollably.

The five deceased persons, including a one year old baby girl who died
on the spot after the building in the fishing community in which they were
sleeping, collapsed on them at about 8pm as a result of a heavy downpour in the
metropolis about two weeks ago.

It was gathered that the rains uprooted a bamboo tree on a hill
nearby and hit a portion of the building where the six siblings were sleeping
and caused the building to collapse. 

Residents in the metropolis who attended the funeral service in
their numbers could not hold back their tears when the caskets containing the
mortal remains of the victims were placed for people to pay their last
respects.

The deceased included Aunty Ama, 18 and mother of the one year old
baby, Beatrice Amoah. The rest were Ama Doku, 16; Clement Arhin ‘Junior’, 9 and
Emmanuel Amoah, 6 years. 

Meanwhile Clement Arhin ‘Senior’,13, who was severely injured had
been responding to treatment at the Essikado Government Hospital in the
metropolis.

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Anthony Kobina
Kurentsir Sam consoled the bereaved family and asked them to stand firm and
have faith in the Lord. 

He used the occasion to advice the residents in the area to desist
from erecting structures at unapproved areas in the metropolis to avoid any
further calamity in the near future. 

On behalf of the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere
Darko-Mensah and the Member of Parliament for the area, Joe Ghartey, the MCE
presented GHc6,000 to the family to support the funeral rites.

Present at the burial ceremony included the Deputy Western Regional Minister, Gifty Eugenia Kusi, Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, the Effia-Kwesimtsim Municipal Chief Executive, Kojo Acquah and the Western Regional NADMO Coordinator, Mohammed Abdul Ganiyu.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Sekondi



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