Ghana Waterfall Accident Leaves 20 Students Dead

Pauline Gross
March 21, 2017

The Kintampo waterfalls are surrounded by woodland and are a popular beauty spot for visitors in the west African country.

At least 18 people have died at a popular tourist site in Ghana after a tree at the top of a waterfall fell into a pool below.

Emergency workers have been trying to free the victims by cutting through the tree with chainsaws, according to the Ghana Starr News.

Also confirming the incident, spokesman of the Ghana National Fire Service, Billy Anaglate, described the incident as "unusual".

A further 22 people were injured in the incident and taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander said almost 20 people have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated.

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"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", she said.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has offered his condolences on Twitter.

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

Twenty high school students swam Sunday afternoon in the Kintampo waterfalls when a storm broke out.

The disaster occurred not long after a rainstorm in the area located in Ghana's middle belt Brong Ahafo region which is known for heavy rains at this time of year.

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