A mother and her four children were drowned in the Volta Lake last Wednesday evening after the canoe on which they were travelling capsized during a severe rainstorm on the lake.
The canoe was carrying eight passengers, including the woman and her four children, to their village called Kpeveme after a market day at Sawaba Number One in the Pru District of the Brong Ahafo Region when the disaster occured.
The names of the four children and their mother, whose bodies are yet to be retrieved, were given as Ebenezer Asibe, 11, Mawuyaga Havi, nine, Salome Wumenor, 13, Nani Havi, eight, and Aku Adzevu, 46.
The children, three of whom were boys and the other a girl, were pupils of the Kpeveme Primary School.
The Pru District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Daniel Anane Amoah, told the Daily Graphic that so far two bodies had been retrieved by the rescue team in the community but they were yet to be sent to the morgue because of transportation difficulties.
He said a teacher of the Kpeveme Primary School reported the accident to the police, adding that the four children who died were part of some pupils who had gone to Sawaba Number One to play a football match.
He stated that after the football match, the schoolchildren returned to the village but the four children went to their mother at the Sawaba Number One Market, since it was a market day.
ASP Amoah said when the market closed around 6 p.m., the four children followed their mother to board a canoe to their village but lost their lives on the way.
Meanwhile the only ferry on the Volta Lake at Yeji, the capital of the Pru District, has broken down, making the transportation of goods and people in the area difficult.