Poor environmental system killed school children at Kintampo – committee report


The trade, industry and tourism committee of parliament has reported that poor environmental system, lack of information on imminent danger, inadequate information on safety, absence of emergency response team including absence of health post at the Kintampo waterfalls resulted in killing some 20 students and l21 others injured.

Presenting the report on the floor of parliament, Mr Panford Ato called for some preventive measures to prevent a similar incident.

They include measures to control bush dire and tree management such as fencing the falls, creation of fire belt/buffer reserve zone.

Others are routine checks on trees, education, legislation and engagement of safety health environmental officers, establishment of a meteorological office.

 

Commenting on the report, the minister responsible for Tourism and Creative Art Hon Catherine Afeku assured the house that measures have been adopted to protect and attract more tourists to the Kintampo waterfalls

She said, a canopy walk has been added to the water falls to make the place look attractive

 

Twenty students largely from the Wenchi Senior High School died at the Kintampo Waterfalls in 2017.

The students were on an excursion to the Waterfalls in the company of some of their teachers.

Eighteen (18) people were killed at the scene while two others died at the hospital. About a dozen more persons sustained varying degrees of injury and were being treated at the local hospital.

Rescue workers, including the police and fire service, had to use chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath.

Located in Ghana’s central Brong-Ahafo region, 400km from capital Accra, Kintampo Waterfalls is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Its 70-meter-high three-stage waterfall is surrounded by huge mahogany trees, making it popular with young people, students, and revelers.

 

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