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At least 16 killed in waterfall accident in Ghana

At least 16 killed in waterfall accident in Ghana

National fire service spokesperson Prince Billy Anaglate said the group of high school students were swimming at the popular Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region when the tragedy occurred.

Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Police Service are now at the scene trying to rescue persons suspected to be trapped under the tree.

Numerous dead are presumed to be students of the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School who were at the falls on an excursion.

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

According to radio news station Starr News, an eyewitness said: "A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revellers". So the huge tree fell at the top and descended onto the people who were swimming in the river beneath the fall.

The Kintampo waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana.

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Other reports put the number of injured at over 20.

The Kintampo Police, which confirmed the late Sunday afternoon accident to TV3 correspondent Larry Paa Kwesi Moses said the injured have been sent to the Kintampo Municpal Hospital for medical attention. "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.

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