Ghana waterfalls disaster:Tourism Minister consoles families Ghana waterfalls disaster:Tourism Minister consoles families
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture , Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, has   issued a statement consoling Victims on Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster  which has... Ghana waterfalls disaster:Tourism Minister consoles families
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture , Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, has   issued a statement consoling Victims on Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster  which has killed at least 19 tourists,Sunday after  a windstorm toppled a huge tree on them.
The statement issued few hours after the incident states that “the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture , Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku  wishes to  express her sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims caught up in the unfortunate rainstorm that hit the Kintampo waterfalls on Sunday 19th March 2017,  killing and injuring many . The dead and injured, mostly students were part of different groups visiting the site .
” We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured who have been rushed to the Kintampo and Techiman General Hospitals”, she said.
The Sector Minister further stated that ” Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive needed support and information. The statement urges the media and the General Public to be circumspect in their reportage especially in the sharing of images of the dead and critically injured”

Nineteen persons are confirmed dead ,several others injured at  Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo region  of Ghana after a strong windstorm toppled a large tree on tourists mostly students.

The local media report that,heavy trees fell from the top of the waterfalls and landed on the people, mostly students whiles  swimming in the waterfalls pool.

Rescue team made up of officials of the Ghana National Fire Service and the Police including other disaster management officials have been to the disaster scene in a rescue effort.

“a local reporter narrated that “a huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers  ,many are dead but So far we have counted 19 people but the death toll may rise because search is still underway”

A Rescue officer tells ENA -Ghana that ” most of the bodies retrieved are students of the Wenchi Senior High School. Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The Kintampo Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Desmond Owusu Boampong has confirmed the incident and the death toll.

currently Several others  rescued in critical condition have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The Kintampo Waterfalls is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Kintampo municipality, on the Kumasi-Tamale road.

Government official are likely to visit the scene on Tuesday whiles Ghana Tourism Authority assists Police to investigate the incident.

In July 1,2015,about 20 holiday revelers mostly  students were severely injured in a canopy walkway accident at Bunsoi Arboretum ,a tourist center in the Easter region.

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