Boy drowns in floods

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy, on Friday drowned in flood waters in Ho, in the Volta Region, following a heavy downpour.

Nicholas Atta, a kindergarten boy of the Ho-Bankoe E.P. Primary School, was walking home from school during a downpour when a landslide caused him to fall into a gutter at a spot near Ho-17.

Efforts by a joint team of personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), police and some volunteers to rescue the boy proved futile.

The strong fluvial force dragged the body of the boy from the spot for about a kilometre, to a bridge near the Ho Cured Lepers Village.

The Volta Regional Director of the NADMO, Mr. Divine R.K. Bosson, who confirmed this to The Ghanaian Times in Ho at the weekend, said that the body of the child has been sent to the Volta Regional Hospital Mortuary at Ho for autopsy.

He blamed the severity of the floods on the “lawless behaviour of some residents, who dump refuse into gutters and put up structures on waterways, in violation of building regulations.”

Yesterday, the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. John Nelson Akorli, visited parents of the deceased and expressed his condolence to them.

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, also extended a similar message to them on phone.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho



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