Several killed as tree falls at Ghana tourist site

Also confirming the incident, spokesman of the Ghana National Fire Service, Billy Anaglate, described the incident as "unusual".

She interacted with victims who were admitted to the hospital and expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the 19 persons who perished in the Kintampo waterfalls disaster.

They were swimming under a waterfall when a giant tree fell on them.

The nation of Ghana has many locations loved by tourists and locals alike; one such place is the Kintampo Falls. "A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revelers", a witness tells Starr FM.

As of Monday, 17 bodies have been retrieved at the resort, about 414 kilometers (257 miles) north of the capital of Accra, Ghana police commander Desmond Owusu-Boampong told local media.

Ghana's Tourism Minister Catherine Afeku, who is heading to the scene to meet the families of victims, said an investigation would be conducted.

The broadcaster said rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath.

The waterfall, near the town of Kintampo, was busy with weekend daytrippers, many of them high school students, when the freak accident happened on Sunday.

Following up with a second post, he added: "My deepest condolences to the families of all those affected by this unfortunate and tragic incident".