8 Drown At Glefe

The three, according to information gathered, were among a group of children who went to the area to play Sunday afternoon.

This brings to eight the number of people who have been drowned since the Weija Dam was spilled, causing flooding at Glefe and other communities around.

Five were found missing when the area was flooded last week before their bodies were retrieved later, according to Ga South National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) officials.

The latest mishap involved three school children identified as Edmund Doade, 13-year-old Junior High School pupil of Star of Sea Basic School; Edem Tuglo, 15, of Dansoman Basic School and a 16-year-old girl whose name was only given as Abiba.

The body of Abiba was discovered around 8:00 am, while Edmund and Edem were found at 1:00 pm yesterday by residents of the area – after several searches were mounted for them.

Bodies of the children were seen mutilated severely with the eyes and private parts purportedly eaten up by some mammals in the sea.

Madam Mary Amoah, grandmother of Edmund Doade, who narrated the incident to DAILY GUIDE when the paper visited their residence yesterday, said the incident happened after the mother of the deceased, Beatrice Lenwah, went to town, leaving the boy and his siblings in the house.

The grandmother said, ‘After taking our breakfast, their mother left the children for town. But upon her return, the other children were in the house playing except Edmund.’

Around 3:30 pm the grandmother said when the mother enquired from the other children the whereabouts of Edmund, she was told he went out with friends to the seaside to play.

After some minutes, a group of children, numbering about 20, trooped to the house to inform the family that Edmund had drowned in the sea.

According to the kids, the tidal waves were so high that they washed Edmund together with other children, away.

‘The children also brought the slippers and cloth of Edmund to the family,’ she said.

A report was immediately lodged with the Dansoman Police Station for investigations.

Adding her voice, the mother of Edem Tuglo told DAILY GUIDE that she left her son together with other siblings for church Sunday morning, after they had taken their breakfast.

‘I could not take my children to church because their personal belongings, including shoes, got wet as a result of the Weija Dam spillage a few days ago.’

Upon her return, she said some pupils came to inform her that it was being rumoured that her son was among the children who got drowned.

She said, ‘I quickly went to the seaside and discovered my son’s clothing and slippers that he wore that day.’

The aggrieved mother of four said, I also joined the parents of Edmund to lodge a complaint with the Dansoman Police.

The third victim, whose name was only given as Abiba, according to information gathered, went to the area to swim with her elder sister, Mariama Faisal, when the former got drowned.

Mariama Faisal, a survival of the tidal waves, narrated that while they were swimming around, they realised that the wind was becoming stronger.

‘At once, we did not see anything so I shouted and some people came to my rescue, and after I had recovered, I saw my sister lifting her hands for help but they could not help her because the waves were too strong.’

The following morning around 8:00 am, the body was discovered lying at the beach.

The bodies of the two others were later washed ashore around yesterday after frantic efforts to search for the children had failed.

The Dansoman Police have since deposited the bodies at the Police Hospital for autopsy.

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 By Linda Tenyah

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