A/R: 6 Jehovah Witnesses drown after car submerged in flood waters

6 Jehovah Witnesses drown
6 Jehovah Witnesses drown after car submerged in flood waters

A family of six people has drowned at Adagya near Esereso on the Lake Road in Kumasi while attempting to cross a broken bridge on the Ankonim Stream.

The deceased are members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith who had closed from construction works on a new Kingdom Hall project in the area and were on their way home in a saloon vehicle when the incidence occurred.

Four of the deceased have been identified as 52-year-old Kofi Wereko, his wife Abena Mercy, who is in her late 30s, and his son 15-year-old Okyere Wereko.

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Another occupant has also been identified as Asare Offei.

6 Jehovah Witnesses drown after car submerged in flood waters

The other two persons are yet to be identified.

They were, however, swept away by the force of the Ankonim Stream which had then broken its banks and blocked the only access route; carrying the vehicle away.

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Multimedia Journalist, Erastus Asare Donkor who was at the scene of the accident reported that even though police were at the scene, they did not have the needed equipment to retrieve the trapped family immediately.

6 Jehovah Witnesses drown
6 Jehovah Witnesses drown after car submerged in flood waters

 

Hours after the incidence, rescuers have been able to retrieve the lifeless bodies of five of the victims with but the driver is still missing, according to family members present.

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Assembly Member for the Adagya Electoral Area, Emmanuel Adams, who was at the scene and spoke to Erastus has blamed the accident on the broken bridge.

6 Jehovah Witnesses drown after car submerged
6 Jehovah Witnesses drown after car submerged in flood waters

According to him, countless appeals from residents for the bridge to be fixed have gone unheeded to.

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