At least 17 people were killed in eastern Ghana after a three-story church building collapsed with several other people feared trapped in the rubble, local officials say.
One of the survivors told local media that some 60 worshippers were still trapped inside the building belong to the Church of Prosperity when it collapsed on Tuesday.
National Disaster Management Organisation official, Gyan Willington said the rescue team pulled out eight people alive and 17 other dead.
“We’re bringing more excavators to clear the rubble,” he said.
“We fear there are more people trapped down there.”
Eastern Region Minister Eric Darfour said those already rescued were rushed to the hospital.
“We do not have an idea of the number of people still trapped but the rescue mission is ongoing,” Darfour said.
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The cause of the accident is not yet known but the church founder, Prophet Isaac Ofori, commonly known as Akoa Isaac is said to be assisting the police with the investigation.
According to a survivor of the accident, Mavis Antwi, before the building collapsed, worshippers inside it “heard portions of the building coming down”.
“We started running away, some of the people managed to escape but others were trapped,” she said.