President Akufo-Addo Mourns, As 20 Die After ‘Trees Fall’ In Ghana’s Kintampo Waterfalls

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President Akufo-Addo Mourns, As 20 Die After 'Trees Fall' In Ghana's Kintampo Waterfalls

Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has “expressed his deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident” – after an accident which occurred at Kintampo waterfalls killed at least 20 people on Sunday March 19, in the Brong Ahafo Region.

In a series of tweets, Akufo-Addo consoled the families of the departed souls.

Yesterday, officials in Ghana confirmed that 20 people, mostly high school students, died after trees fell on them while they were swimming at the popular Kintampo waterfalls during a storm in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Speaking also, the country’s fire service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said a storm caused trees to fall in the “unusual incident” on Sunday.

It is understood that eighteen people died at the scene while two others died in a hospital, with 11 others receiving treatment, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

“They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees and they had fallen on some of them — those who were apparently swimming,” Anaglate said.

An eyewitness said most victims were from the Wenchi Senior High School while others were tourists traveling to the Kintampo waterfalls — one of the highest in Ghana.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers,” the witness said after the incident. “We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”



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