A heartbreaking incident has occurred in Asokwa in the Ashanti Region, where a 14-year-old boy lost his life after a mountainous garbage dump collapsed on him. The boy has been identified as Joseph Anang, popularly known as ‘Paa Kow’.
According to reports, the teenager and two other children were scavenging around the landfill site when the unfortunate incident happened. The other two children were lucky to escape and informed the authorities.
The boy was quickly pulled out and rushed to the hospital but was declared dead upon arrival. His body has since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for preservation.
Speaking on the incident, the Assemblyman for the area, Elliot Fosu Bannor Jr., confirmed that the landfill site had become mountainous over time, which was a serious hazard. He stated that the deceased had climbed on top of the debris, which eventually caved in, leading to his untimely demise.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the need for proper waste management and disposal practices. For the most part, waste is a significant environmental and health hazard, especially when it is not adequately managed.
Communities and individuals must prioritize safe waste disposal practices to prevent such disasters from happening. The authorities must also take responsibility for ensuring that waste management sites are safe and not posing any harm to the public.
In a nutshell, the death of young Paa Kow is a tragedy that could have been prevented with better waste management practices. It is a call to action for everyone to take responsibility for waste management and ensure that the environment is safe for all.