20 students killed by trees at waterfall
Accra: Twenty students died after trees fell on them while swimming in a river during a storm in Ghana, emergency officials said.
Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said the “unusual incident” happened on Sunday afternoon, when a group of high school students were swimming at the Kintampo waterfall, a popular tourist destination in the Brong-Ahafo region.
Anaglate said a brewing storm caused trees to topple and fall on the teenagers while they were in the water.
“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,” Anaglate said.
Eighteen students died at the scene while two others died in hospital. — AFP