20 stu­dents killed by trees at wa­ter­fall

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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

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