World Ghana President Nana Akufo Mourns, As Tree Fall Kills 18 Students

19 killed by trees that came down at Ghana waterfall during storm

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

"I have learnt with great sadness, the unfortunate incident that occurred at Kintampo Waterfalls yesterday", Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement. The injured were receiving treatment, he noted.

Two men of God are now at each other's throat over who first predicted the Kintampo Waterfalls disaster where about 18 lives were lost and more than 30 persons suffering various degrees of injuries.

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

Agyemang, a fire officer who lives in Kintampo, said that when his team arrived Sunday there were at least 20 dead who had been swimming in water as the tree was uprooted and fell.

Kintampo waterfalls - one of the highest in the country - is located in Ghana's Brong Ahafo region, around 400 kilometers (almost 250 miles) north of the capital, Accra.

"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revellers", an eyewitness told Ghana's Starr News.

The Ghana Tourism Authority said it is working with police and Kintampo local officials to give families needed support and information.

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