Kintampo disaster: 18 confirmed dead as rescue efforts end

Rescue workers at the site of Sunday’s disaster at the Kintampo Water Fall in the Brong Ahafo region have brought their work to a close, declaring 18 people dead.

Some 22 critically injured people are also receiving treatment at the hospital.

Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwame Takyi-Poku, told Joy News Monday they do not expect to find any more bodies following the thorough work of the rescuers, which included personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service.

The accident struck after a huge tree fell on revellers at the Kintampo Water Fall on Sunday.

The victims, most of whom are students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High Schoo and the School of Mines and Natural Resouces at Fiapre, were on an excursion and swimming in the water when the tumbling tree crushed them to death.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crushed the revellers,” an eyewitness recounted.

The rescue team used chainsaws to cut through logs before they could retrieve bodies trapped in the water.

Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has offered her condolences to the families of the victims.

In a statement released Sunday, she cautioned the public to refrain from circulating images of the dead and injured.

The Bono Ahafo Regional Minister, Asomah Kyeremeh is expected to visit the site and the victims receiving treatment at the hospital.