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.