At least 17 killed as tree falls at Ghana tourist site

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At least 17 people have been killed after a tree fell on them during a freak storm at the Kintampo Waterfalls in Ghana.

The victims were mainly students who were swimming when the incident occurred about 250 miles north of the capital, Accra, on Sunday.

The students are from the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

Police and fire service personnel attended the scene.

The waterfall is located in Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Credit: ITV News

It is reported many of the injured were taken to Kintampo Municipal hospital.

"A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers," an eyewitness told Starr News.

"We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws."

The trunk of the tree remains at the top of the Kintampo Waterfalls, Ghana. Credit: AP

Ghana's tourism minister Catherine Afeku has expressed sympathies to the families of the victims caught in the tragic rainstorm.

"We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured who have been rushed to the Kintampo and Techiman General Hospitals," she said.