No fewer than twenty secondary school students have been killed while swimming in a river close to Kintampo waterfalls after trees crashed down on top of them during a storm on Sunday in Ghana. "So far we have counted 16 people", the person said, adding that they were trying to save those who were trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.
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.
Authorities said 22 other individuals are now being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.
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.
According to reports, the tree fell onto persons, majority believed to be students, who were swimming under the fall.
233livenews.com reported that some students of the University of Energy and Natural Resources were also involved in the accident. "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident".
Addressing the press, Dr. Bawumia described the accident as a major loss not only for the Brong Ahafo Region but for all of Ghana.