Afeku mourns Kintampo Falls accident victims

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The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Catherine Abelema Afeku, has expressed her condolences to relatives of those who lost their lives in Sunday’s Kintampo Falls accident.

At least 17 persons, mainly students who were swimming at the base of the waterfall, lost their lives when a nearby tree broke and fell on them following an earlier rainstorm in the area.

Mrs Afeku, in the aftermath of the incident, has issued a statement, saying: “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.”

The Evalue Gwira MP further assured that the Ghana Tourism Authority “will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo district assembly to ensure the families receive the needed support and information” while urging the media to be “circumspect” in their reportage on the matter, especially in the “sharing of images of the dead and critically injured”.

Below is the statement from the Minister:

STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE ON THE ACCIDENT AND DEATH OF STUDENTS AT KINTAMPO WATERFALLS

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture , Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, wishes to express her sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims caught up in the unfortunate rainstorm that hit the Kintampo waterfalls on Sunday 19th March 2017, killing and injuring many . The dead and injured, mostly students were part of different groups visiting the site.

“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.

The Ghana Tourism Authority will work closely with the Ghana Police and the Kintampo District Assembly to ensure the families receive needed support and information. The statement urges the media and the General Public to be circumspect in their reportage especially in the sharing of images of the dead and critically injured.