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

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

Police and fire service personnel attended the scene.

Early respondents reportedly used chainsaws to cut off the tree branches before some of the trapped students were rescued.

Addressing the press, Dr. Bawumia described the accident as a major loss not only for the Brong Ahafo Region but for all of Ghana.

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

A further 22 people were injured in the incident and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The students, who were swimming at the base of the waterfall, lost their lives when a nearby tree broke and fell on them following an earlier rainstorm in the area.

"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers".

Fourteen students from Wenchi Methodist Senior High School in Ghana are among the 18 people killed, Boampong added.

"Very sad news of tragic deaths at the Kintampo waterfalls".

The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with police and Kintampo local officials to ensure the families receive needed support and information, she said.

Out of 11 others who sustained varying degrees of injuries eight of them are on admission at the Techiman Municipal Hospital while the three others have been rushed to Kumasi for special care.

Also president Akufo-Addo in a series of tweet expressed his deepest condolences to the grieving families.

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