4 Killed In Kumasi

The Disaster scene

The Disaster scene

DISASTER STRUCK at Krofrom, a suburb of Kumasi, on Monday evening when four persons died through some mind-blowing calamities.

In one of the disasters, three women died and about seven others suffered severe injuries after a three-storey building collapsed on them in the Krofrom-Sofo-Abodwese area.

In the other incident, a four-month-old girl was washed away by a river after a heavy downpour around 8:00pm.

The deceased women were identified as Josephine alias ‘Maame Joe’, 28, Georgina, 40, and Anita Dufie Agyemang, 28.

They met their untimely deaths whilst seated on a veranda of the second floor of the building around 9:45pm during a heavy downpour.

Their bodies have been deposited at the morgue of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.

The other persons who sustained life-threatening injuries were also receiving treatment at the same medical facility.

It was raining and the lights in the area had gone off when the horrific incident occurred, sources said.

All the deceased persons died instantly when the front view of the house collapsed, but only two bodies were recovered on Monday night.

The third person, whose name was given as Anita, was seen on Tuesday morning, trapped under heavy concrete.

Confirming the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the Assemblyman of Krofrom East, Patrick Kwame Frimpong, said the incident came as a big shock to the residents.

He said it was raining heavily on the night and most inhabitants of the house had moved to the veranda of the second floor to relax.

Suddenly, the veranda on the third floor collapsed on the people seated on the veranda of the second floor.

The veranda on the second floor also fell heavily on that of the first floor, sending a mass of concrete down to the ground floor.

Most of those affected by the horrific incident were relaxing on the second floor when the building’s front view caved in, the assemblyman said.

Mr Frimpong noted that people in the area rushed to the disaster scene, managed to rescue about seven people and rushed them to the hospital.

They also managed to remove two of the dead bodies from the debris to the morgue for autopsy.

The third person, identified as Anita, was not seen around the entire evening so the people started searching for her.

On the morning of Tuesday, more debris was removed and Anita’s body was finally seen trapped under heavy concrete.

In the second incident, Mr Frimpong said the four-month-old baby girl was strapped to her mother’s back, and with two other siblings, when the disaster struck.

He said the mother and the three children were crossing a wooden footbridge when they slipped and fell into the river, which had over-flown its banks.

People rushed to the scene and managed to rescue the mother and the two other kids but they could not save the baby.

The Assemblyman said the young girl had still not been found and the search for her body was still in progress.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi