The Paramount Chief of Battor Traditional Area in the North Tongu District, Togbega Patamia Dzekley VII has made a plea to the Government of Ghana to support injured persons and families of the seven people who died on Lake Volta.
On 14th April, a boat transporting 30 passengers across the Volta Lake capsized leading to the death of seven passengers. Fast forward 18th April, 2022, the Chief is calling on government to come to their aid ” We’ re calling on the government and the general public to lend a hand of support to the families of the survivors and the dead. The majority of the victims are natives of Battor Traditional Area who live in the village of Havorkope and the surrounding communities who were returning from Dzemeni Market on that faithful Thursday”
He continued that the disaster has thrown the Battor Traditional Area into a state of mourning because many families are affected. Some of the casualties are students on vacation visiting their parents. There were others who were also passing through Havorkope to their communities when they were caught in the tragedy.
” Some of us were shouting, others were crying, wailing and calling for help from God because we saw the boat was sinking. I survived by grace, I really saw my death, I couldn’ t do anything. I was afraid and crying but I thank God for saving my life. ” Miss Golo Doh Benedicta, a 16- year- old who survived recounted her ordeal.