A collapsed building on Thursday trapped and killed a 50-year-old mother and a five-year-old boy at Essienimpong, a farming community near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, during a heavy downpour at about 3:30 pm.
Eric Adjei and his stepmother, Sekina Sumaila aka Amalia, a mother of two, were killed by a portion of the collapsed building as strong winds battered the community after the downpour.
The other two children, identified as Wasila and Sallah, who were also trapped under the heavy concrete, sustained injuries and were sent to the Essienimpong Church of God Clinic for treatment.
Prince Aaron Duah, the immediate-past assemblyman of the area, told DAILY GUIDE that the mortal remains of the deceased persons had been deposited at the Juabeng Government Hospital for preservation and autopsy.
According to him, the woman and her children were walking past the house when the gable end of it collapsed on them due to strong winds, pointing out that none of the occupants was hurt in the incident.
The loud noise made by the building attracted scores of people to the scene. They managed to rescue Wasila and Sallah, but Sekina and Eric were killed instantly.
Duah said around 11pm on Thursday, Sallah’s condition started to deteriorate as she vomited blood so she was rushed to the Ejisu Government Hospital where she is still on admission.
A neighbour, Adwoa Mary, who was at the scene, recounted, “Since the house of Amalia is old and weak, she and her children decided to seek refuge in another neighbour’s house. It was in the process that the tragedy befell them.
“The building collapsed like a pack of cards within three to four seconds.”
From Ernest Kofi Adu &I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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