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At least 22 killed, several injured in Ghana church collapse

Rescue teams were able to reach eight people but 22 bodies were pulled from the rubble in the Asene-Manso district, said Agyemang Prempeh

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Officials fear more casualties as search, rescue efforts underway

(The African Stand) — At least 22 people, including a baby, were killed when an unfinished three-story building collapsed in eastern Ghana, emergency officials said on Friday.

The accident happened on Tuesday while a church community held a service in the building, which was still under construction, in the town of Akyem Batabi in the Eastern Region, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) official Richard Amo-Yartey said.

Among the dead are 11 women, a baby, and 10 men, Amo-Yartey said.

A rescue team comprising emergency workers, police, soldiers, and firefighters were searching for survivors trapped inside the building.

The number of those missing remained unclear on Friday, while eight injured people had been taken to hospital, according to Amo-Yartey.

Local media reported that more than 60 people were present at the site when the accident took place.

Work on the building had started in 1994.

Esther Kamara

Written by Esther Kamara

Esther Kamara is a reporter at African Stand, covering the West African region with stories on politics and how it intersects with business, innovation, startups, and culture. She graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

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