In Ghana, dozens of people are feared dead on Tuesday night when their boat capsized on the Volta Lake, in the Biakoye district, about 250 kilometers northeast of the country’s capital, Accra.
About 70 passengers, most of them traders traveling from Kete-Krachi to Ekpedzi were on board the boat. By Wednesday afternoon, only 20 of them had been rescued while 35 dead bodies had been retrieved.
Dominic Napari, chief executive for Sene District of the Eastern Region confirmed the disaster but could not give actual figures. District officials say efforts are still ongoing to rescue any other survivors.
Some of the victims are believed to be trapped under the vessel.
The District Chief Executive of Biakoye, Nana Akata Louise, said the actual figures of people dead may rise after the marine patrol completes its rescue mission.
He said the boat loaded around 11:30 am Tuesday, adding that around 6pm, he was information that the boat had capsized.
Lumovi Kojo, an eyewitness said his sister and her children as well as his nephew may have died in the accident. He said the residents in the village came to the rescue of the victims but managed to rescue only 20 passengers.