Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Freak accident at Ghana waterfall kills at least 18


Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service and the Police including other disaster management officials rushed to the disaster scene to rescue lives.

Twenty students have died after trees fell on them at a popular waterfall in Ghana, emergency officials have said.

They were swimming under a waterfall when a giant tree fell on them. "Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws".

Eyewitnesses told local police that the incident happened around 4 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) during a severe rainstorm which caused three large trees to fall to the ground.

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

The Kintampo Police, which confirmed the late Sunday afternoon accident to TV3 correspondent Larry Paa Kwesi Moses said the injured have been sent to the Kintampo Municpal Hospital for medical attention.

"My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident", he tweeted. Reports said many of them were students.

He added that another 20 people were being treated at local hospitals.

Madam Afeku, who had earlier held a close door discussion with the Kintampo Municipal Co-ordinating Director Mr Siegfried Kwame Addo said the waterfalls would not be closed down because of the calamity.

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