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4 year old Brave Odoom aka Bishop was washed away by running water from a gutter at Ahwiaa in the Kwabre East Municipality of the Ashanti region on Wednesday 28 October 2020,after downpour.

According to an eye witness account, some four children tried to step over the gutter during the rains.

The eye witness indicated that he later saw one of the children fell on top of the gutter which prompted him to rescue him and in attempt to do so the boy told him that the gutter had washed away his younger brother.

Several attempts to rescue the boy(victim) proved futile since he was no where to be found.

Speaking to the 6 year old elder brother who fell on the gutter he explained that he only saw his younger brother being washed away by the running water after he slipped into the gutter.

According to him, they had returned from a fufu pounding machine grounds after their mother had sent them.

Grieved mother of the child, Mad. Priscilla Odoom aka Maadwoa, who could not hold back her tears said she only realized the sad incident after the children had kept long from the errand.

“I went out to search for my children after the rain had stopped, and only to be told my son, Bishop had been washed away by the running water'', She grieved.

Bishop was the 4th son among her five children.

Meanwhile,latest development indicates that a rescue team from the NADMO found the lifeless body of the child inside River Truba.

Speaking to the Kwabre East Municipal NADMO coordinator, Mr. Anthony Senya, he said the incident was quiet unfortunate and first of its kind in this year and it comes as a great shock to them.

He took the opportunity to send his condolence to the parents and urged all parents to be very careful with their wards especially in this rainy season.

He assured that NADMO was going to do their best to prevent any future disaster within the municipality.

Assembly Member of Ahwiaa Overseas Electoral area, Hon. Emmanuel Kwame Frimpong who was shocked by the incident  pleaded with the Municipal Assembly, NADMO and other stakeholders to fix the deplorable drainage systems in the area. He said he had already complained to the assembly before this sad incident.

Gideon Peprah, SilverNEWS - Kumasi


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