Death toll in Ghana church collapse rises to 21…. pastor in police custody
The death toll from Ghana’s church that collapsed has risen to 21 after rescue services personnel retrieved more bodies from the rubble.
The church located at Akyem Batabi, in the east of the country, collapsed as congregants were praying earlier in the week.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday sent condolences to the bereaved families with the death toll at that time standing at 15:
On behalf of Government and the people of Ghana, I send my deepest condolences to the families of the 15 persons who lost their lives tragically in the church building that collapsed at Akim Batabi near Oda. I wish the 8 injured persons a speedy recovery.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) October 22, 2020
The pastor in charge of the Church of Prosperity, Akwa Isaac, is in police custody to assist in investigations.
Several worshippers were rescued from the three-storey building alive shortly after it collapsed.
The disaster management organisation in the country tweeted photos of rescue operations on Thursday: BBC News
NADMO LEADS SEARCH AND RESCUE AT AKYEM BATABI
Following reports of the collapse storey building serving as a church facility for the Church of Prosperity in Akyem Batabi, a suburb of Akyem Oda, the National Disaster Management Organization was present to help rescue victims. pic.twitter.com/sWuZtx4IsP
— NADMO GHANA (@NADMOGHANA) October 22, 2020