At least 16 people are reported dead in a ghastly accident at the Kintampo Water fall in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The deceased are believed to be Geography students of Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, who were there on an excursion. Others are students from the University of Energy and Natural Resources.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred at about 4.30pm on Sunday [March 19, 2017], when a huge tree run off the top of the kintampo water fall, descending on the dozens of revelers who were swimming beneath the fall.
Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Police Service are currently at the scene trying to rescue persons suspected to be trapped under the tree.
An eyewitness, Awudu Isahaku who spoke to Citi News said, “There was a heavy wind in the Kintampo area earlier today… So the huge tree fell at the top and descended onto the people who were swimming in the river beneath the fall. It has killed about 16 people. We are down here with chainsaw machines cutting the trees in attempt to save the many others trapped under the water. Personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service and even some traditional leaders are here.”
The Kintampo Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Desmond Owusu Boampong told Citi News 17 bodies have been retrieved so far.
Many of the revelers who were at the scene when the unfortunate incident occurred are believed to be students on excursion to the Kintampo Water fall.
Reports say about 18 people who are in very critical condition have been rushed to the Kintampo Municipal Hospital for treatment.
Below is the full statement from the Tourism Ministry:
STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE ON THE ACCIDENT AND DEATH OF STUDENTS AT KINTAMPO WATER FALL
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 water fall 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 Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo water fall 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.