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Death toll in Akyem Batabi church building collapse rises to 15

Six more bodies have been recovered in the Akyem Batabi Church of Prosperity building collapse, bringing the total number of deaths to 15.

Eight others have been hospitalised and many more trapped under the rubble.

The six-storey building collapsed whilst worshipers numbering about 60 had gathered to pray on Tuesday.

On Wendesday, nine dead bodies were exhumed from the debris.

They include 60-year-old Afia Tameklo who was reportedly killed by a falling pillar as she tried to escape.

According to a police report, the bodies were retrieved from the scene at 9:40 pm when the rescue exercise was put on hold. 

The rescue team was made up of NADMO officials, Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the police, soldiers from jungle warfare, fire personnel and local volunteers who had to wait for appropriate equipment from Accra to be used in the exercise. 

However, the exact number of persons still trapped under the debris is still unconfirmed.  

Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfuor visited the scene alongside the Chief Executives of Oda Municipal and Asene-Manso-Akroso District Assemblies.

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The bodies have been deposited at the Oda Government Hospital mortuary.

Mr Kwakye Dafour said the rescue effort will not stop until everyone is accounted for.

Meanwhile, the founder of the Church of Prosperity, Prophet Akoa Isaac, is in the grips of the Akim Oda Divisional Police Command.