1 dead, five missing …after boat capsizes on Black Volta

 One person is reported dead while five others are missing after a boat capsized on the Black Volta in the Savannah Region.

The disaster happened when the boat transporting the passengers from Dorkorchina to Kpandai capsized as a result of alleged overloading.

Mr Kipo Sulemana, Bole Dis­trict Director of National Disaster Management Organisation (NAD­MO), who confirmed the incident on May 27, said one person had died, two others survived the incident while about five others remained missing.

“They were traders who were coming from the northern part of the Bono side across to their vil­lages, and they are always around the riverside up to the Côte d’Ivo­ire boundary.

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These people were coming from the northern side and when they got to a point, their canoe capsized. We recorded one death, a lady. The ladies were two with three men and the one who was driving the engine boat is yet to be recovered to know whether he is alive or not,” he stated.

The boat, according to him, was loaded with the victims and goods at the time the accident happened.

Mr Sulemana had earlier told the Ghana News Agency that the part of the lake where they were travelling was littered with tree stumps which allegedly caused the accident.

He said where the incident happened was inaccessible, adding that NADMO was relying on local people to help rescue those miss­ing. — GNA  

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