Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Ghana tree fall at waterfalls during storm kills 17

Ghana tree fall at waterfalls during storm kills 17

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.

A huge tree appears to have fallen amid a brutal storm trapping swimmers at the base of Kintampo waterfalls in the country's Brong Ahafo region on Sunday afternoon, Kintampo District Police commander chief Desmond Owusu Boampong told CNN.

They were swimming under a waterfall when a giant tree fell on them.

Rescue workers had to use chainsaws to free the trapped children.

"We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured who have been rushed to the Kintampo and Techiman General Hospitals", said Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku.

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According to reports, the tree fell onto persons, majority believed to be students, who were swimming under the fall.

Following the tragedy that befell one of Ghana's most popular tourist destinations, Kintampo Waterfalls, leading to the loss of over 17 lives, the Kintampo North Municipal Security Council has temporally closed down the destination.

Ghanaian officials have offered their support to victims following the incident.

"My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident", he tweeted.

The deceased and injured persons were students of the Wenchi Senior High School, and the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

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