According to police reports, at least 18 people mostly comprised of high school students died after a huge tree fell on them at a famous waterfall spot in Kintampo, Ghana.
The students were reported to be swimming during a storm when the accident happened, according to a local police chief Owusu Boampong told BBC. The other twenty-two people were severely injured and are being treated at local hospitals.
The rescue teams responded by using chainsaws to cut the fallen tree and salvage the trapped students, as per the local media report.
President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed his condolences to the families of the victims via Twitter.
Involved in the rescue operation were police and fire service personnel at the scene in Ghana’s central Brong-Ahafo region, 400km (250 miles) north of the capital Accra.
Most of those involved were students of the Wenchi Senior High School, plus some tourists, according to an eyewitness who reported to Ghana’s Starr News.