20 students killed by tree at waterfall bathing pool

Ghana Waterfall Accident Leaves 20 Students Dead

Freak accident at Ghana waterfall kills at least 18

Twenty people have reportedly died after a tree fell down at Kintampo Falls in Ghana.

A huge tree appears to have fallen amid a brutal storm trapping swimmers at the base of Kintampo waterfalls in the country's Brong Ahafo region on Sunday afternoon, Kintampo District Police commander chief Desmond Owusu Boampong told CNN.

They were among a number of others who were swimming in the waterfalls when a heavy storm uprooted some trees, which fell on them during a downpour. "We used chainsaws and other cutting tools to chop the tree in pieces in order to free the victims", he said.

He added that 11 more were receiving treatment, including one of the school administrators who was in charge of the trip.

Desmond Owusu Boampong, a local police commander said almost 20 people have been admitted to the hospital and are being treated.

It is reported numerous injured were taken to Kintampo Municipal hospital.

In a separate post on Twitter, John Mahama described the incident as "tragic", and called for emotional support for all the affected families.

"I have learnt with great sadness, the unfortunate incident that occurred at Kintampo Waterfalls yesterday", Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement. In total, 18 high school students died on the spot, and two in the hospital, he said.

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