Kintampo Waterfall Accident Kills At Least 18 In Ghana
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 1:01
Eighteen people including 14 students died last Sunday, March 29 in a tragic incident which happened at the Kintampo Waterfalls.
Twenty people are confirmed dead and about 30 others injured at the Kintampo Waterfall in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana where a tree has fallen off the top of the waterfall to the ground. "They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees", says a national fire service spokesman.
The First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has said no amount of words can assuage the pain of the bereaved family in the Kintampo Waterfalls fatalities over the weekend.
11 others including a teacher were injured and are receiving treatment at the municipal hospital, he added.
The tree crushed students who were swimming in a pool at the base of the waterfall, local police chief Owusu Boampong told the BBC.
"Unfortunate storm" "We express our condolences to the families of the victims and pray for the wounded, " Ghanaian Tourism Minister Catherine Abelema Afeku said in a statement, describing the tragedy as an" unfortunate storm ".
"Most of them are students of the Wenchi Senior High School".
Emergency workers have been trying to free the victims by cutting through the tree with chainsaws, according to the Ghana Starr News.
The incident is the most catastrophic domestic tourism accident in Ghana in the last few years.