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Drowned Apam kids to be buried on March 16 - DCE confirms

By Mutala Yakubu
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The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Gomoa West, Bismark Baisie Nkum announced that there will be a mass burial for the thirteen drowned kids in the Apam disaster.

The burial will take place on March 16, 2021, in the Central Region.

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Mr Nkum speaking to 3FM said “ Our understanding from the Chief Fisherman and his elders is that this has stopped for some time and the children at the blind spot found a way in there. Indeed they indicated that where the children engaged in swimming activity is an area that normally they don’t allow people to go there because that is where their obosom Kese is.

“There is a family that has complained of a missing child and our thought is that this child might have been part of the children who went to the beach. What the family has not been able to confirm whether their son also went to the beach so we are assuming that once there is a missing child and we have this incident that child is part of that so plus or minus we are looking for one more”.

The mass burial will include 11 boys and 2 girls.

Rescuers are still searching for more bodies as 20 teenagers were reported drowned on that fateful Sunday.

“Infact I personally also questioned the youngmen and one of them gave an account that in their estimation they numbered about 15 and the second one also gave an estimate of 20 so we are working with 15 and 20 bodies so we are thinking that their account was not far from what we have done so far. So if you consider the fact that we have retrieved 15 bodies two alive then one more body is still being searched for what it means is that we are done and we are not expecting any more,” the DCE stated.

He however said family members should lodge a complaint with the police but was quick to say that so far apart from the one missing body, no family member has come forward to complain of the missing child.