Former President John Dramani Mahama has extended his condolence to the bereaved families of students who lost their lives in Sunday’s freak accident at the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region.
As at the time of filing this report, at least 18 persons have been confirmed dead.
The incident is the most catastrophic domestic tourism accident in Ghana in the last few years.
The former President in a Facebook post on Monday said “I am keeping the families of the Kintampo falls victims in mind and praying for them. Please comfort their families and pray for them. Let’s also ask the almighty God to heal the injured and receive the souls of the departed into his kingdom.”
In a separate post on Twitter, John Mahama described the incident as “tragic”, and called for emotional support for all the affected families.
Among those confirmed dead were students of Wenchi Senior High School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).
The Kintampo Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong, told Citi News 17 bodies had been retrieved from the water.
Meanwhile, the Kintampo North Municipal Security Council has temporally closed down the tourist site to allow a team of security personnel to ensure that bodies that were trapped under trees have all been found.
The move is also to ensure the safety of the area for future revelers.
Credit: Citi FM