Kintampo Waterfalls Update: Death toll rises to 19

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The death toll in the Kintampo Water Falls disaster has risen to nineteen.

Victims are believed to be mostly students from the Wenchi Senior High School.

According to reports, they were swimming when thunder struck a tree at the waterfalls killing them.

Radio Ghana’s Correspondent John Sam Arthur said a combined team of police and fire service personnel was at the accident site to rescue those trapped.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture , Catherine Afeku, has expressed her sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims caught up in the unfortunate rainstorm that hit the Kintampo waterfalls yesterday killing and injuring many.

Speaking to Radio Ghana the PRO of the Ministry, Frank Siaw-Otu said the Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police service and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive the needed support and information.

He added that the minister will visit the site this morning.

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Meanwhile, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described as “unfortunate” Sunday’s incident at Kintampo Falls, extending his condolences to the families of students of Wenchi Senior High School and others who perished.

Eighteen people have been confirmed dead by Chief Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, Divisional Police Commander of Kintampo.

Kintampo waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana. Also known as Sanders Falls during the colonial days, it is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Kintampo municipality, on the Kumasi-Tamale road. This waterfall, one of the main natural attractions in the area, is hidden in the forest and it is formed by 3 main drops where the longest drop measures 25 metres (82 ft) in height, and, after a number of steps and cascades, the river falls about 70 metres

These beautiful falls are hidden away in the woods close to Kumasi/Kintampo highway. The falls is only 4km away from the town on the Kintampo-Tamale highway. This is the point where the Pumpu river falls some seventy (70) metres down beautiful rocky steps to continue its journey towards the black Volta at Buipe.
The Kintampo is shaped as a large staircase. Tourist and also country side people come around to have fun relax after hard time work.

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