Bortianor: 9 School Children drowned at Faana

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Nine pupils died after the canoe carrying them from school collapsed in a canal last Wednesday afternoon in Faanaa-Bortianor in the Ga South Municipality.

The last body, a female solely known as Victoria, was found yesterday at around 11:30 a.m. Eight of the bodies of the children, who ranged in age from one and a half to twelve years, were discovered at approximately 6 p.m. on the day of the incident.

Twelve kids were made up of three men and six females.

The canoe’s paddler and the other three, on the other hand, managed to survive the catastrophe.

The MCE has stated that a 12-year-old kid was operating the canoe that dragged the nine schoolchildren under water.

The children attend a private school at Wiaboman behind Pambros (in Weija-Gbawe), where they formerly resided with their parents and guardians at Faanaa, Bortianor (in Ga South).

After school, the kids were crossing the canal that divides Wiaboman from Faanaa when the incident happened.

The victims had been identified, according to Emmanuel Adu-Boahen, the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), who confirmed the incident to the Daily Graphic yesterday, and the bodies had been deposited at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Morgue for additional investigations.

Mr. Adu-Boahen also mentioned that Patrick Kumor, the chief executive of the Weija-Gbawe Municipality, Tina Mensah, the member of parliament for Weija-Gbawe, Joseph Yarni Stephen, the chief executive of the Ga South Municipality, Freeman Kumashie, and NADMO officials had all visited the disaster site and the affected families to offer their sympathies.

We just got back from the scene, so we’re awaiting the MCE’s next course of action, the man said.

Dan Bright Abayateye, the assemblyman for the Bortianor Electoral Area, referred to the tragedy as sad and painful and noted that it was unprecedented in the region.

He claimed that after the occurrence, the locals were distraught.

Survivor

Enyonam Ekpe, one of the three survivors, claimed, among other things, that the paddler, a 12-year-old, disregarded advice to divide the canoe’s passengers because it was overloaded.

She claimed that since it was the only option accessible, they had no choice but to join it.

She claimed that the canoe capsized immediately after they were hit by a tidal wave, which caused it to move.

Since then, the police have started looking into the situation.

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