There has been a collapse of a multi-story church building at Akyem Batabi in Eastern Region. The building belonged to the Church of Prosperity in Eastern Region. It served as a place of worship to the members of the Prosperity Church. Some worshippers got trapped under the building after it collapsed.
Kofi Adoma Nwanwani, a Director of News at Angel Broadcasting Network, reported that the church put up the building about twenty years ago.
Rescue is still ongoing with the help of five excavators and sniffer dogs, to help remove persons who got trapped under the debris prior to the collapse.
An old woman was rescued from the debris yesterday after she responded to a call by one of the residents.
‘Cote D’lvoire’ is the nickname of the resident who volunteered to work as part of the rescue team, and thereby got to save the woman. He reported to have heard the call of the woman, and had reached out to remove her from the debris.
As time stands, fourteen people have been confirmed dead by the Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour.
Mr. Alex Inkoom, District Chief Executive of Asene Manso Akroso revealed that the District Engineer had warned the church of the looming danger two weeks earlier after passing through the area.
He explained to the church members and leaders of the dangers of the structural integrity and engineering of the building, which has intermittently been under construction since 1994.
The Church members on their ignorance said that they believed in God to protect them, also with Akoa Isaac as their Spiritual Father, they were more than safe. The District executive said this on a program with Kwabena Peprah Jr. at Accra FM.
Research has made it known that there were sixty congregants at the church premises when the incident happened. More than thirty of the congregants survived, while twenty were trapped under the debris.
The Akim Oda Divisional Police Command, the National Fire Service, the Ambulance Service and the Natural Disaster Management Organization are all working towards rescuing persons who are still trapped under the debris.