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16 killed in Ghana waterfall accident

21 March 2017, 12:58 | Taylor George

16 killed in Ghana waterfall accident

16 killed in Ghana waterfall accident

Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said that 18 people died at the scene and two others died in hospital - but the overall death toll remains unclear.

People deal with the aftermath of the tragedy at Ghana's Kintampo Waterfall.

They were among a number of others who were swimming in the waterfalls when a heavy storm uprooted some trees, which fell on them during a downpour.

The broadcaster said rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath.

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

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The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with police and Kintampo local officials to ensure the families receive needed support and information, she said.

Madam Afeku, who had earlier held a close door discussion with the Kintampo Municipal Co-ordinating Director Mr Siegfried Kwame Addo said the waterfalls would not be closed down because of the calamity.

Former President John Mahama has extended his condolence to the bereaved families of students who lost their lives in Sunday's ghastly accident at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region.

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

Following up with a second post, he added: "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident".



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