Three schoolchildren lost their lives within a week due to drowning while attempting to cross the Mankra River in Mankranso, situated in the Ahafo Ano South West District of the Ashanti Region.
The unfortunate victims had fallen into the Mankra River while using a makeshift log that had been placed to assist commuters, including schoolchildren, in crossing the river safely.
Tragedy struck twice, with two pupils drowning in the river on Monday, September 4, 2023, followed by the unfortunate loss of a junior high school student in a similar incident on August 31, 2023.
After traditional authorities in the area conducted certain rituals, the bodies were recovered and subsequently taken to the morgue.
Joseph Frimpong Bonsu, the District Chief Executive for Ahafo Ano South West, confirmed the incident and conveyed that immediate measures were being implemented to construct a footbridge to avert such tragic incidents in the future.
He stated, “We had a makeshift log that we used to cross the river, but the children lived in a certain village and they were coming to school. When they got to the river, they fell from the log into the water. The bodies are at the mortuary, and we have made contact with the families. We are having a meeting today, and we have taken measures to ensure that this incident does not happen again.”