Upper East Region: Two children die in building collapse in Navrongo

The mother of the children, a widow, has also been left with a broken ankle in the Monday (19 June) night rainfall disaster

Two children have been reported dead after being trapped under rubble following the collapse of a room at Nyangua, a suburb of Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality in the Upper East Region.

The mother of the children, a widow, has also been left with a broken ankle in the Monday (19 June) night rainfall disaster.

The single-room mud structure of the family reportedly collapsed after heavy rain on the night. But family sources said the foundation of the room had already weakened due to the activities of termites underneath the walls.

The assemblyman for the area, Felix Fogempaba Kulelogo in an interview with Asaase News said the incident happened around 11 pm after a rainfall.

He said members of the community responded to a distress call from the mother, only to realise that a wall had collapsed on the family.

Kulelogo said a team of rescuers later discovered that two children, aged two and 12 years, were dead under the rubble. He added that the mother, however, survived the incident, sustaining a fracture in her ankle. She was quickly rushed to a specialist and is currently responding to treatment.

He said, “The incident happened somewhere around 11 pm to 12 am yesterday (Monday). According to the extended family members, they heard cries for help from the women after the rain and when they rushed there, they realized some part of the mud room had fallen on the family.

Rescuer quickly began to remove the blocks to retrieve the family, but it was discovered that the two children under the blocks had already died. Thankfully, the mother only got a broken ankle and was taken to a specialist for treatment.”

The Assemblyman said the remains of the children have since been buried.

Support for victim

Kulelogo said the incident has been reported to the Municipal National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) which has paid a working visit to the family.

While he is hopeful the NADMO would support the victim, he appealed for help to ease the medical bills and provide accommodation for the victim who was currently without a play to lay her head.

“I have reported the incident to the NADMO and the most important help she would at the moment is support to take care of her medical bills and also provide her a place to live because the disaster has destroyed her only room.”

Reporting by Senyalah Castro in the Upper East Region

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