20 dead as tree falls on students swimming at waterfall in Ghana

Sources from the Ghana National Fire Service said 18 bodies had been recovered and an additional 30 people were transferred to nearby hospitals with injuries. He said further, "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".

Early respondents reportedly used chainsaws to cut off the tree branches before some of the trapped students were rescued.

Several others who have been injured in the accident are receiving treatment at the regional hospital, Kintampo divisional police commander Desmond Boampong has confirmed to Xinhua.

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

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Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku, who is heading to the scene to meet the families of victims, said an investigation would be conducted.

The Vice President assured the bereaved families that the government would support and give the deceased befitting burial, when he visited the family of one of the deceased Agartha Asantewaa Frimpong, an 18 year- old student at Kintampo.

Eyewitnesses told local police that the incident happened around 4 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) during a severe rainstorm which caused three large trees to fall to the ground. "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident".

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