Ghana: Huge trees crush 20 students to death


Strong winds due to a brewing storm uprooted the huge trees, and fell on high school students who were swimming in a popular waterfalls. Twenty students died, while 11 others were injured, including one of the school administrators

Twenty students have died and several others were injured during a freak accident while swimming at a popular tourist spot in Ghana. Huge trees fell from the waterfalls and crushed the students.

According to Business Standard, Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said the unusual incident took place on March 19 at the Kintampo waterfalls; a popular tourist destination in the Brong-Ahafo region.

Strong winds due to a brewing storm uprooted the trees and fell on the high school students from Wenchi Senior High School and other tourists.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers. 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,” an eyewitness said.

Eighteen students died at the scene, while two others died under treatment in a hospital, 11 others, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip, were brought to the hospital.

Catherin Abelema Afeku, ghanean Minister of tourism expressed on behalf of government “We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured”.

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Jean Baptiste Karegeya

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