Twenty students have died in Ghana when trees had fallen during storm

Twenty students in excursion have died in Kintampo, Ghana, on Sunday afternoon, at a popular waterfall. They were swimming at the Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region, 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," national fire service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said.

Eighteen students died at the scene while two others died in hospital. 11 more were receiving treatment. Some people are reported missing. A combined team of police and fire service personnel attended the accident site, in a bid to rescue those trapped by the tree. The victims were Geography students of the Wenchi Senior High School. "We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured," Ghana's tourism minister Catherine Abelema Afeku said in a statement. Kintampo Waterfalls is a must see attraction in Ghana. The waterfalls are shaded by tall trees which is good as ambient for a picnic but very bad if people swim in water during storms.