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Sad: electric shock kills 3 kids and 4 others

Sad: electric shock kills 3 kids and 4 others

Sad: electric shock kills 3 kids and 4 others 

Seven persons, including four adults and three children, have died

from electric shock at Amanfrom, a farming community near Hwidiem

in Asutifi South District of the Ahafo Region.The unfortunate incident

occurred over the weekend when a thunderstorm struck down pylons

in the community leaving live wires in the open.

The deceased were said to have unknowingly touched their iron gate which

was charged by electricity from the live wires while others stepped on it

in their bid to seek refuge from the storm.

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The dead are Janet Kwarteng, 30 years, Kaakyire 25 years, Yaa Bertha 29 years

and Oduro Christian 14 years. Others are Emmanuel Agyeman, two years,

Simon Agyeman seven years (siblings) and Agyenim Boateng, four years.

Their bodies have since been deposited at the St Elizabeth’s Hospital,

Hwidiem for preservation awaiting autopsy according

to the Asutifi South Police report.

According to a police report, the disaster, which struck at about 6:pm on Friday,

has left the community in a mourning state.

The report explained that rain clouds gathered in the early hours of Friday

evening and turned into slight winds and eventually a thunderstorm that ripped

off the roofing of some buildings in the community.

The report further stated that the thunderstorm further brought down pylons

in the community leaving live wires on iron gates of some

buildings while some fell on the ground.

The deceased in an attempt to seek refuge at a nearby house amidst the

storm were electrocuted as they tried to open the gate which was electrified.

Others stepped on life wire in run-off (floods) and also got electrocuted.

They were rushed to the St Elizabeth’s Hospital where five were pronounced

dead on arrival while two others died on admission.

Three other infants who seriously got injured are still receiving

medical attention at the same hospital.

Property, including roofing of buildings running into thousands

of Ghana cedis, were destroyed by the thunderstorm.

The Ahafo Regional Minister, George Yaw Boakye, has since visited the

hospital and homes of the bereaved families to commiserate with them.

He promised to assist in the payment of the hospital bills, burial

ceremony and care of the children of the deceased.

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