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More bodies retrieved from Church of Prosperity building collapse

More bodies have been retrieved from the rubble of the three-story church building that collapsed in Akyem Batabi in the Eastern Region on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 bringing the death toll to 21.

The deceased persons are made up of 12 females and 9 males.

There are eight survivors so far.

NADMO has been coordinating the search and rescue team which comprises the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Ambulance Service, and some local volunteers have retrieved three more bodies.

“We wish to assure them [families of the victims] that, as rescuers, we’ll do our very best and we are going to work throughout until the last person or the last body is either saved or recovered”, Mr. Richard Amoatey, Director for the Inspectorate unit of the national headquarters of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) promised.

Mr. Amoatey revealed that the search and rescue efforts have been frustrated by some unknowns.

“Our biggest challenge here has been the lack of information”, explaining: “Because we don’t have information as regards the number of people who were in the building as of the time of the collapse, it has made our work very very difficult”.

“So, I’ll take this opportunity to appeal to people who have relatives who were supposed to have attended service last three days and have not reported back, to come to the area.

“We have set up an information desk to receive such information to aid us in our search and rescue operations because we need to know the numbers we are looking for and we are also in touch with the church leadership to show us the areas because they are unable to give us the plan of the structure, so, we are in touch with them to show us the areas where we are likely to find people”, he said.

The congregants of the Church of Prosperity, numbering more than 60, had converged to pray and fast for their founder, who had taken ill when the incident happened.

More than 30 of the congregants survived and were rescued from the rubble but some 20 others were trapped under the rubble.

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