20 dead, mostly students, after trees fall in Ghana's Kintampo waterfalls

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2017

The deceased were mainly students from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School in the region who had gone to the Kintampo Water Fall on excursion last Sunday.

"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers", a witness tells Starr FM.

About 30 trees were reported to have broken down at the popular tourist site and the rescue operation was conducted by the police, fire service and residents around the waterfall.

It is understood that eighteen people died at the scene while two others died in a hospital, with 11 others receiving treatment, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander said almost 20 people have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated.

Crowds of students and tourists were swimming at the popular Kintampo waterfalls, the highest waterfall in the country, when the accident happened.

According to him, initial reports he received indicated that three had died, and so it came to him as absolute shock after being told the number was 18.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has offered his condolences on Twitter.

Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku has expressed sympathies to the families of the victims caught in the tragic rainstorm at Kintampo Waterfall.

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