Waterfall accident – Humanities 360 – 20/03/17

Twenty high school students were killed by falling trees in Ghana. They were killed at a popular swimming tourist spot during a storm. The storm caused the trees to fall on the teenagers in the water. The waterfall where it happened was the Kintampo waterfalls, which is the highest waterfall in the country. It is in the Brong-Ahafo region, on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta.

“They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees, and they had fallen on some of them – those who were apparently swimming,” Anaglate said.

The accident took place on Sunday afternoon. Eighteen students died at the waterfall while the other two arrived at the hospital. However, their injuries were so severe they did not make it. There were eleven more students receiving treatment for their injuries. One of the adminstrators of the school trip was also injured, but they survived.

A witness told Ghana’s Starr News radio: “A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revellers. Most of them are students of the Wenchi senior high school. Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The country’s tourism minister, Catherine Abelema Afeku, said in a statement: “We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured.”

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