Five persons are reported missing after crossing the Offin River at Achiase, a community in the Nyinahin area of the Ashanti Region.

5 feared to have drowned in Offin River

Eyewitnesses say nine persons were earlier trapped on the river on Friday, but four were rescued.

Several rescue teams have been frequenting the river to no avail.

5 feared to have drowned in Offin River

Predominantly farmers, community members have their farms and property beyond the Offin River in the Achiase community of the Atwima Mponua District.

Crossing the river to find their means of livelihood has been an age-long routine. But residents say the river has overflown its banks in the recent heavy rains.

5 feared to have drowned in Offin River

Nine persons got trapped in the river when the canoe they were using to cross capsized. Four were rescued but the five are yet to be found.

5 feared to have drowned in Offin River

As the colour of the Offin River continues to become yellowish, some people have blamed the activities of illegal miners for the fruitless rescue effort.

5 feared to have drowned in Offin River

Meanwhile, the Unit Committee Chair, Daniel Adu wants authorities to honour their promise to give them bigger canoes to shuffle between their farms and homes.

The search and rescue efforts continue.

5 feared to have drowned in Offin River



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