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Ghana: 18 dead after tree falls at waterfall

21 March 2017, 12:58 | Terri Saunders

Following the tragedy that befell one of Ghana's most popular tourist destinations, Kintampo Waterfalls, leading to the loss of over 17 lives, the Kintampo North Municipal Security Council has temporally closed down the destination.

The deceased were mainly students from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School in the region who had gone to the Kintampo Water Fall on excursion last Sunday.

About 11 children are receiving treatment along with the teacher who was supervising them.

A further 20 people were being treated in hospital, Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander, told Reuters.

Also confirming the incident, spokesman of the Ghana National Fire Service, Billy Anaglate, described the incident as "unusual".

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Authorities said 22 other individuals are now being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.

At least 18 persons have been confirmed dead after a huge tree uphill descended unto the dozens of revelers swimming beneath the fall. In total, 18 high school students died on the spot, and two in the hospital, he said.

"We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured, ' said Catherine Abelema Afeku, the country's tourism minister, in a statement".

Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday expressed his condolences to those affected by the "unfortunate" accident.

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