Regional authorities in Ghana closed down temporarily on Monday the waterfall site at Kintampo, 450 km north of the capital, after 18 revelers were crushed to death on Sunday by falling trees.
The decision is to ensure that no more visitors are allowed in while investigations are under way.
A devastating storm on Sunday afternoon caused many trees to fall in and around Kintampo, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Desmond Oppong Boampong, Divisional Police Commander.
“But three of these falling trees happened around the waterfall with the biggest one from the top of the fall crashing the victims to death,” he explained to Xinhua via telephone.
He described the tree as “bigger than a rim-14 tire” in circumference, adding that coming from a height of between 10 meters and 12 meters the gravity alone was enough to kill the revelers.
The Divisional Commander said the casualty figures had remained the same but some of the injured had been transferred to various health institutions.
While some have been moved to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, 280 km north of the capital, others are in the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital in Sunyani, 400 km north of the capital, and the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, 365 km north of the capital, with the rest at the Kintampo Municipal Hospital.
Both the dead and injured included mainly students from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, 54 km west of Kintampo, while some were from the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, with a few from the Kintampo municipality but “there were no foreigners among them.”
Meanwhile, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has led a high-powered government delegation to the disaster site in Kintampo which is gaining notoriety for tragedies.
Accompanying him were the Ministers for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah, and Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, among other officials.
They also visited some of the injured receiving treatment at some of the hospitals. Enditem
Source: Justice Lee Adoboe, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh