Akyem Batabi Church collapse: Death toll now 6

The death toll in the Church building collapse at Akyem Batabi in the Asene Manso Akroso District of the Eastern Region has increased to six.

According to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), a total of 13 victims were retrieved as at last night out of which 6 were dead, one (1) in critical condition while 6 have been treated and discharged.

It is believed that over 40 worshipers including children are still trapped under the four-storey uncompleted Church building whose construction started a decade ago as a branch of the Church of Prosperity founded by Akoa Isaac.

The building suddenly collapsed Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at about 2:40 pm.

According to a survivor “We were resting in the church building after fasting and prayers so whilst resting, we heard portions of the building coming down. We were over 60 in the building so we started running away some of the people managed to escape but others were trapped “.

A joint rescue team made up of officials of the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO, Ghana National Fire Service, Police, Ambulance Service with reinforcement team from the Eastern Regional Capital, Koforidua are currently at the scene with excavators continuing with the rescue Operation.

It is not clear if the pastor is among the victims.

The Asene Akroso NADMO Director Gyan Willington told Starr News it has been very tedious removing the rubbles but added the rescue team is making headway.

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/103.5FM/Kojo Ansah

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