20 children killed in accident at popular Ghana resort

Pauline Gross
March 21, 2017

The broadcaster said rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath.

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

A further 20 people were being treated in hospital, Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander, told newsmen.

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.

In all, about 30 people were injured including tourists and residents present at the waterfall during the accident, local media report.

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Among those confirmed dead were students of Wenchi Senior High School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).

Kintampo Falls is a tourist site popular among domestic and worldwide tourists who throng to the area in the thousands every week.

About 11 children are receiving treatment along with the teacher who was supervising them. "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident", tweeted Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday.

Meanwhile the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Abelema Afeku has expressed her honest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of the incident.

Other reports by GizPress

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