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Many dead in freak tree accident at waterfall

21 March 2017

The accident at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region which claimed 18 lives could have an adverse effect on the country's tourism sector, Frank Siaw-Otu, PRO of the Ministry of Tourism, has said.

At least 18 people were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were bathing in at the base of a waterfall in Ghana, police have confirmed. "We used chainsaws and other cutting tools to chop the tree in pieces in order to free the victims", he said.

Police and fire service personnel attended the scene. Reports said many of them were students.

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As of today, 17 bodies have been recovered at the resort, about 414km north of the capital, Accra, Ghana police commander Desmond Owusu-Boampong told local media.

Catherine Afeku has visited victims of Sunday waterfalls disaster who were taken to the Kintampo Government Hospital for treatment.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has offered his condolences on Twitter.

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"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers", the witness said after the incident.

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

The Kintampo Waterfalls, which was referred to as Sanders Falls during the colonial days, is considered to be the highest falls in Ghana.

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Many dead in freak tree accident at waterfall