Bahn, Nimba County – Medical doctors assigned at the Jackson Fiah Doe Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, have pronounced four people dead after a rice storage kitchen collapsed on them.
By Franklin Doloquee/Nimba County
The incident occurred following a heavy downpour of rain that broke a rice kitchen, leading to the deaths of four farmers, including their babies in Sarbogantuo Yeepuepea, outside of Sarlay town in District Number 6, Lower Nimba County.
A victim of the incident, Linda Saywah, told our Nimba County correspondent that there were 20 women’s groups who had gone to work for a daily wage of 200 LD per person on Harrison Kahn and his wife Pauline’s farm when the incident occurred.
She explained that out of the 20 women’s groups, 7 were harvesting peppers, while the remaining 13 were harvesting rice on a farm belonging to Harrison Kahn and his wife, Pauline, in Sarbogantuo Yeepuepea village in District Number 6.
Our Nimba County correspondent learned that the seven women who were sent to the pepper farm rushed into an old kitchen filled with rice, which collapsed on them, instantly killing four of them, including their children.
The farmers who met their untimely deaths over the weekend include a 3-month-old pregnant woman, Beauty Kruatage, aged 19, her 2-year-old son, Old Man Kruatage, and a 17-year-old girl, Kpawonseh Wehyeegbay, along with her 1-year-old baby, Old Pa Weheegbay.
The owners of the farm, Harrison Kahn and his wife Pauline, are currently in police custody undergoing investigation in Tappita, Nimba County.
Earlier this year, approximately 30 people were hospitalized at the Jackson Fiah Doe Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, after consuming a dead goat.
These individuals were farmers from Yarwein Mehnsonnoh, District Number 9, who had gone to work for Pastor Joshua Freeman.
The dead goat is believed to have been poisoned, as it led to the hospitalizations following its consumption on the farm of a church pastor.
The victims of the dead goat include 26 females and 10 males.