N/R: 13-year old drowns; travelers stranded after heavy downpour

Travelers stuck at one end of the river waiting for the water levels to come down

A 13-year old boy has reportedly drowned in Zangu, a community in Walewale in the West Mamprusi district of the Northern region following a heavy rain Tuesday.

The deceased, according to NADMO officials was found dead in a sand winning pit Tuesday evening.

He is said to have been playing around the pit with some friends when the incident happened.

The remains of the boy were immediately deposited at the West Mamprusi District Hospital morgue and later released to the family for an Islamic burial.

Travelers stranded at Salaga

Meanwhile, hundreds of travelers have also been left stranded at Salaga in the East Gonja district of the Northern region after the same Tuesday downpour.

The travelers are currently stuck in Bunjai, a community within the area, after a stretch of the road was made inaccessible by water from the Dakar river and the White Volta river.

Some of the travelers risk walking through the running water

According to an eyewitness, passengers had to risk their lives walking over 400 metres in the running water to cross from one side to the other.

Though some managed to cross, many continue to stay hours waiting for the water levels to go down.

The Northern region in the past few weeks has been experiencing heavy rains.

By Rabiu Tanko & Ishmail Zubaida||Ghana

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