Ghana tree fall at waterfalls during storm kills 17

Ghana tree fall at waterfalls during storm kills 17

Situated on the Pumpum River, it is one of the most visited tourist sites in the country.

At least 18 people have been killed and 30 others injured after a tree fell on them at Kintampo waterfalls in central Ghana during a storm on Sunday.

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

The tree crushed students who were swimming in a pool at the base of the waterfall, local police chief Owusu Boampong told the BBC.

A storm was said to have caused a huge tree on top of the waterfall to drop down the ground of the fall where revelers were swimming. "Let's also ask the almighty God to heal the injured and receive the souls of the departed into his kingdom".

He said most of the dead are students from the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

Prince Billy Anaglate, from the fire service, said 18 people died at the scene of the "unusual incident", with a further two dying later in hospital. President Nana Akufo-Addo sent his condolences via his official Twitter feed. "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident".

According to The Mail, Kintampo waterfall is a popular tourist destination in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana.

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