Building collapses and kills a family at Ahenema Kokoben

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At least two people, husband and wife, have been killed at Ahenema Kokoben in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti Region on Sunday, after the building in which they were sleeping collapsed on them.

Chief Inspector Emmanuel Opoku Addai, stationed at Ahenema Kokoben police station, confirmed the death of the couples, Madam Joyce Laweh, 32 and Mr. Banda Doyi, 42 when he spoke to Journalists.

According to him, the building’s collapse was as a result of a detached wall that had broken into it.

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“There structure in which the couples were was a single room built to protect the land on which it was. Behind it was a detached wall. It had rained earlier so the heavy downpour caused the break down of the detached wall which collapsed into the single room structure of the couples at the part where their heads were laid.

“So when we saw the rubbles covering them, with the help of my investigator, the assembly man and some members of the community, we collected the rubbles and took out the bodies. By then they had passed,” the Chief Inspector recounted.

Though the bodies have been conveyed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital morgue, Mr. Opoku Addai noted that the families have not been contacted due to their unknowness.

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“The challenge here is that the relatives of the deceased are not known. We are investigating to find them and to contact them,” he said.

The District Chief Executive for the district, Nana Okyere Tawiah Antwi, who also spoke to the media provided details on the causal agents. He noted that it was as a result of the construction of buildings on water ways that had led to the damages.

“The running water should naturally have its course, but because structures have been built on water ways, it was diverted to this path. This building that has collapsed is not in a water way. It is those buildings constructed upstream that have caused the damage we see now.”

He therefore cautioned prospective owners of lands to ensure that they buy lands from appropriate sellers to avoid causing damages to the environment and lives and to save their own purse as well.

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