General News of Mon, 20 Mar 201722

Kintampo accident: Deaths major loss to Ghana – Bawumia

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed sadness over the accident at Kintampo Falls that led to the death of 18 students.

According to the vice president, government will await the outcome of the investigation into the cause of the disaster and take the next line of action.

He made these remarks when he visited the victims of the incident and to mourn with the bereaved families on behalf of the president on Monday, March 20.

“We have lost 18 young men and women at the prime of their lives who were in school trying to make a difference to their lives; we have lost them under very tragic circumstances. We will allow the necessary investigations to go on as we see what we can do for the affected families,” he noted.

The dead, together with some 22 others who are seriously injured, were swimming at the base of the Kintampo Waterfall when a tree fell on them following an earlier rainstorm in the area. The incident is said to have happened on Sunday March 19 at about 4:30pm.

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15 of the deceased are from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School and three from the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

Meanwhile, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has described Sunday’s accident as “very unfortunate”, and has asked the public to pray for the dead and the injured.

The minister noted: “The region is bereaved, Wenchi Secondary School is bereaved, and the whole town is bereaved. We need prayers, each and every one of you should pray for Ghana.”

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