It was a sad day for Ahwiaa community members after a four-year-old boy was on Tuesday evening flushed away by running water from a gutter in the Kwabre East Municipality.
The young boy identified as Brave Odoom, aka ‘Bishop’, according to a source was said to have been flushed away after he tripped into the flooded when he was returning from an errand.
His eight-year-old senior brother, who was present and witness to the tragic scene tried to save him but was unsuccessful.
A witness told the Ghana News Agency that, when he saw the senior brother on top of the gutter, he rushed to his rescue only to be told that the running water had already taken the younger brother away.
According to the witness, a search party was mobilized but the victim couldn’t be found until Wednesday morning when his lifeless body was found in river Truba in the area.
Kwabre East Municipal Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation, Anthony Senya, expressed regret about the incident and said it was awful that such a thing had happened to the child.
He also advised parents not to send their young children outside during or after heavy rainfall, since that could be harmful.
Emmanuel Kwame Frimpong, the Assembly Member for Ahwiaa Overseas Electoral Area, petitioned to the Municipal Assembly to repair the shameful drainage systems in the area to prevent a similar incident from occurring.