By Our Monitoring Desk
Reports reaching this paper as at press time yesterday indicated that sixteen (16) people are dead; whilst many others who went on a weekend rendezvous at the Kintampo Water Falls in the Brong Ahafo region are missing in a fatal accident which was caused by a thunder storm.
Eyewitness say the accident occurred at about 4.30pm on yesterday when a huge tree run off the top of the water fall, descending on the dozens of revelers who were swimming beneath the fall.
Officials of the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Police Service are currently at the scene trying to rescue persons suspected to be trapped under the tree, our scouts said.
One eyewitness, Awudu Isahaku who spoke to Citi News said, “There was a heavy wind in the Kintampo area earlier today… So the huge tree fell at the top and descended onto the people who were swimming in the river beneath the fall. It has killed about 16 people. We are down here with chainsaw machines cutting the trees in attempt to save the many others trapped under the water. Personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service and even some traditional leaders are here.”
The Kintampo Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent, Desmond Owusu Boampong told Citi News 17 bodies have been retrieved so far.
Many of the revelers who were at the scene when the unfortunate incident occurred are believed to be students on excursion to the Waterfall.