20 children killed in accident at popular Ghana resort

Ghana waterfall: Many dead in Kintampo freak tree accident

Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service and the police service are now at the scene to rescue those trapped under the fallen tree.

Eighteen people including 14 students died last Sunday, March 29 in a tragic incident which happened at the Kintampo Waterfalls.

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

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

Out of 11 others who sustained varying degrees of injuries eight of them are on admission at the Techiman Municipal Hospital while the three others have been rushed to Kumasi for special care.

"I have learned with great sadness, the unfortunate incident that occurred at Kintampo Waterfalls yesterday".

As of today, 17 bodies have been recovered at the resort, about 414km north of the capital, Accra, Ghana police commander Desmond Owusu-Boampong told local media.

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

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

Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku expressed sympathies to the families of the victims and said the injured are at local hospitals.

An eyewitness told Starr News that most of the students belonged to Wenchi Senior High School in Ghana.

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