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Family crushed to death by fallen tree in Takoradi

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Five young members of a family, aged between 17 and one year, were Friday evening crushed to death at Ngyeresia, a fishing community near Essipong in the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis after a huge tree fell on their home.

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Authorities say Auntie Ama 17, Ama Dekye 13, Clement Arhin Jnr. 9, Emmanuel Annan 7 and Beatrice Amoah aged only a year old, were pronounced dead on arrival at the Essikado Government Hospital where family members had rushed them with hopes of survival.

The only survivor, Clement Arhin, 11, is receiving medical attention while the bodies of his siblings have been deposited at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital morgue.

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Residents say the giant tree was uprooted following a rainstorm that lasted from Thursday and intensified throughout Friday.

Many residents were indoors as the rains poured, and even though the falling tree and crushed building were attended by loud noise, rescue came late for the victims.

The police said the father of the children, Isaac Kofi Amoah confirmed the children were home with their grandmother at the time of the tragic incident.

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