At least 17 people are feared dead after a huge tree fell on revelers at the Kintampo Water fall in the Brong Ahafo Region Sunday.
Scores of others have been left injured in the accident which occurred between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, Myjoyonline.com has learnt.
The victims, largely students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, were on an excursion and swimming in the water when the tumbling tree crushed them to death.
An eyewitness who works with the Information Services Department (ISD) in the Region told Myjoyonline.com there was a rainstorm accompanied by a strong wind and thunder which forced three trees to the ground killing scores and injuring several.
A joint team of personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service and Ghana Police Service are currently on the scene attempting to rescue the injured and trapped victims.
They are using chainsaw machines to cut into pieces the trees that fell on the revelers.
Joy News gathered that at least 18 people who are in very critical condition have been sent to the Kintampo Municipal Hospital for treatment.
Bodies of the students have also been deposited at the Hospital’s morgue.
Meanwhile the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Catherine Afeku has expressed its condolences to families of the victims and have assured them of their support. Read the statement from the Ministry below.
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 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.