A boat carrying mourners from Azizanya to Azizakpe in the Volta region has capsized on the Volta Lake.
Five of the over 20 passengers on-board have been confirmed dead while a rescue mission is ongoing to save the rest.
Assembly member for Azizakpe Electoral Area, Daniel Adzakpa, confirmed the disaster to 3news.com.
He said there was a storm Saturday morning as the boat was ferrying the mourners to a funeral in Azizakpe and that caused the capsizing.
The Assembly member said the boat should have carried approximately 25 passengers but he gathered there were more on-board.
“The boat was overloaded,” he stated on TV3‘s Midday Live on Saturday, March 18.
Hundreds of residents including other mourners were seen praying for good news as the rescue mission was carried out.
Mostly women, the residents were standing on the banks of the river shouting out prayers for the missing to be found.