Ghana tree fall at waterfalls during storm kills 17

Nick Mcbride
March 21, 2017

The dead, together with some 22 others who are seriously injured, were swimming at the base of the Kintampo Waterfall when a tree fell on them following an earlier rainstorm in the area. "Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws".

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.

They added that 11 people were in hospital, including one of the school staff members in charge of the trip, the BBC reported. The injured were receiving treatment, he noted.

At least 18 persons have been confirmed dead after a huge tree uphill descended unto the dozens of revelers swimming beneath the fall.

Minister for Tourism Catherine Afeku, who is scheduled to visit the accident site Monday, said "the Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive needed support and information".

Twenty high school students swam Sunday afternoon in the Kintampo waterfalls when a storm broke out. President Nana Akufo-Addo sent his condolences via his official Twitter feed.

Describing the incident as a tragic shock to the nation, Dr Bawumia entreated the families of the deceased, as well as the chiefs and people of Kintampo to remain calm, and allowed the security agencies to investigate the matter. Reports said many of them were students.

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