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21 March 2017, 12:58 | Darnell Patrick
Twenty die in freak tree accident at waterfall in Ghana
The accident at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region which claimed 18 lives could have an adverse effect on the country's tourism sector, Frank Siaw-Otu, PRO of the Ministry of Tourism, has said. "Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws".
The tree crushed students who were swimming in a pool at the base of the waterfall, local police chief Owusu Boampong told the BBC.
Authorities said 22 other individuals are now being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.
Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku, who is heading to the scene to meet the families of victims, said an investigation would be conducted.
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An eyewitness told Starr News that most of the students belonged to Wenchi Senior High School in Ghana. "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident", tweetedGhana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday.
At least 18 persons have been confirmed dead after a huge tree uphill descended unto the dozens of revelers swimming beneath the fall.
Revellers, mostly students had gone to the Waterfalls to wind down their weekend but ended up being killed when heavy trees fell from the top of the waterfalls and landed on them, after a rainstorm.
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Also confirming the incident, spokesman of the Ghana National Fire Service, Billy Anaglate, described the incident as "unusual". The Kintampo waterfalls are surrounded by woodland and are a popular beauty spot for visitors in the west African country.
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