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In Volta Region 2 children lose their lives after church building collapse

In the church seeking shelter, the wall on the altar collapsed on 18 children killing three-year-old Prince Baka and four-year-old Mariam Damali immediately.

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Two toddlers have died after the wall of a church building where they were seeking shelter during a downpour collapsed.

The 2, were part of about 40 children enrolled in the new community school called Kingdom International School. The school which is located in the Alorgui suburb of Dzodze in the Volta Region was established by the Jesus Kingdom Ministry.

According to Accra-based Citi FM, the classrooms are made of wood and fenced with mats made from palm branches, and corrugated iron roofing.

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The children were in the classroom when the rains started. They were then relocated to the church building nearby.

 

In the church seeking shelter, the wall on the altar collapsed on 18 children killing three-year-old Prince Baka and four-year-old Mariam Damali immediately.

The other pupils who were injured were rushed to the St Anthony’s Hospital in Dzodze.

The District Manager of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Mr Atikese who has been leading investigations into the collapsed building said that the church building has structural defects.

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Kingdom International School started 3 months ago. The school has been operating without license or approval from the District Education Service.

The Public Relations Officer of the Education Service, Benjamin Dunyo, expressed his disappointment at the situation.

 

He added that the District Education Service has started closing down schools operating without permission from the appropriate office. However, he said they had not come across the said school.

In a related development, the owner of the school, Pastor Sosu Baka, who also lost his son in the incident, was remorseful and promised to regularize his operations with the Ghana Education Service.

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