7-year-old boy drowns in Agyei River

A seven-year-old boy has died after drowning in the Agyei river at Nurses Quarters, a suburb of Ngleshie Amanfro in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The lack of a bridge on the river, which has been a long-standing concern for residents, has been cited as the cause of the drowning and subsequent death.

According to eyewitnesses, the deceased was found lying in a portion of the river on Monday morning after an initial search for him on Sunday evening proved futile.

Relatives of the deceased are anguished and feel that the narrative would have been different if there were a bridge to aid crossing of the Agyei river.

This is not the first tragic death to occur in the area. In a similar instance, an adult who attempted crossing the river also got drowned and died sometime ago.

Several members of the community, including children, risk getting drowned in the river while trekking to school at Amuzukope.

A wooden makeshift bridge constructed by residents was washed away by the river, and several pleas to authorities from the Ga South and Awutu Senya East Municipal Assemblies have been ignored.

Opinion leaders in the community are disgusted by the visible neglect of this fast-developing area by authorities.

By: Akwasi Addo | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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