A 50-year-old woman who has been identified as Akosua Dufie has been confirmed dead after she was washed away by a flood following Thursday evening’s downpour at Anloga within Oforikrom municipality of the Ashanti Region.
According to eyewitnesses, the deceased together with one other person attempted to cross a weak wooden footbridge in the area, but unfortunately got drowned after the bridge collapsed.
They said efforts to rescue the woman proved futile.
“The rains started around 5:30 pm yesterday and the whole place was flooded, but people were using the bridge. The woman also got here and when she saw others using the bridge, she also joined. About four people went ahead while she followed together with a young man. When they got in the middle of the bridge, it broke, and they fell into the water. They were able to get out of the water, except one woman who couldn’t make it.”
The Oforikrom Municipal Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Awudu Mohammed, told Citi News the body of the deceased have been retrieved while the police have commenced an investigation into the incident.
“The body was found this morning at 6:00am. The people in the community were able to assist NADMO officials to retrieve the body. When something like this happens, we call the police, so they take over and continue their investigations. So we have informed the police, and we are waiting for them to come and take over the investigation,” he added.
This incident comes a day after a one-year-old boy drowned during a downpour at Sawaba in the same region.