Tragedy! Tree kills 20, injures 30 revelers at Kintampo Waterfall
21 March, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Valerie Burke
A large tree that fell during a storm at Ghana's Kintampo Waterfall killed at least 17 people, mostly students, as they were visiting the site north of the capital.
Boateng added that they had to use chainsaws and other cutting tools hack through the branches to free the victims.
Crowds of students and tourists were swimming at the popular Kintampo waterfalls, the highest waterfall in the country, when the accident happened.
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.
An eyewitness told Starr News that most of the students belonged to Wenchi Senior High School in Ghana. "Let's also ask the almighty God to heal the injured and receive the souls of the departed into his kingdom".
The spokesman says 18 died at the scene and two died later at the hospital; another official tells the BBC that 22 were injured, though media reports differ on that number, too.
In a separate post on Twitter, John Mahama described the incident as "tragic", and called for emotional support for all the affected families.
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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18 people crushed to death by tree
The broadcaster said rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath. The waterfall, located near the town of Kintampo, was extremely busy with weekend day trippers.
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