20 dead as tree falls on students swimming at waterfall in Ghana

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

Eyewitnesses say the trees fell from the top of the waterfalls and landed on the people, mostly students engaging in local tourism.

Police and fire service personnel were involved in the rescue operation at the scene in Ghana's central Brong-Ahafo region, 400km (250 miles) north of the capital Accra.

He said 11 people were receiving treatment, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

The incident is the most catastrophic domestic tourism accident in Ghana in the last few years.

Emergency workers have been trying to free the victims by cutting through the tree with chainsaws, according to the Ghana Starr News.

18 persons have been confirmed dead by Chief Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, Kintampo Police Divisional Commander. Most of the dead are students from the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources, he said.

Two men of God are now at each other's throat over who first predicted the Kintampo Waterfalls disaster where about 18 lives were lost and more than 30 persons suffering various degrees of injuries.

Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia has paid a visit to Kintampo in the Bono Ahafo region where a freak disaster at a tourist site has resulted in a tragic loss of 20 revelers.

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described as "unfortunate" the accident.

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