Two brothers drown in Black Volta

BY: Mohammed Fugu

Two children believed to be biological brothers on Tuesday afternoon drowned in the Black Volta River at Daboya in the North Gonja District of the Northern region.

The boys aged 4 and 8 got drowned in while attempting to retrieve a gallon being washed away by the strong waves of the water.

The lifeless bodies of the boys were retrieved on Tuesday evening by a local search party and have since been buried on the shores of the river in accordance with local traditions.


According to eyewitnesses, the children went to the riverside to wash their clothes. The younger attempted to fetch water with a gallon but the waves swept it away.

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In an attempt to retrieve the gallon, he drowned and his senior brother who rushed to his rescue also drowned in the process.

The District Chief Executive for North Gonja confirmed the incident to Graphic Online and said the bodies were buried in accordance with tradition, explaining that it was abominable to bury persons who drowned in the cemetery or homes.