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21 March 2017, 12:51 | Terri Saunders

Twenty students died after trees fell on them while swimming in Ghana

Twenty students died after trees fell on them while swimming in Ghana

No fewer than twenty secondary school students have been killed while swimming in a river close to Kintampo waterfalls after trees crashed down on top of them during a storm on Sunday in Ghana.

About 30 trees were reported to have broken down at the popular tourist site and the rescue operation was conducted by the police, fire service and residents around the waterfall.

According to reports, the tree fell onto persons, a lot of them believed to be students, who were swimming under the fall.

Several others who have been injured in the accident are receiving treatment at the regional hospital, Kintampo divisional police commander Desmond Boampong has confirmed to Xinhua.

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Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander said almost 20 people have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated. "So far we have counted 16 people", the person said, adding that they were trying to save those who were trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws. Reports said many of them were students.

The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with police and Kintampo local officials to ensure the families receive needed support and information, she said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims.

Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Abelema Afeku has extend condolences to the families of the dead and its prayers for the injured.

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