The Kintampo Waterfalls tourist site has been shut down after 19 students lost their lives in a freak tree accident over the weekend.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Catherine Afeku, the closure is to enable the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) and other stakeholders embark on a “comprehensive safety audit” of the facility.

“We are also doing so for all major tourist sites in the country,” the minister told Francis Abban, host of the Morning Starr on Starr 103.5FM.

Madam Afeku commended officials of the District Assembly, the medical staff of the Kintampo General Hospital and the security agencies for their swift response to the disaster.

Tragic loss

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has described the Kintampo disaster as a tragic loss to the nation when he visited the site Monday.

Nineteen persons died in the fatal incident after hilltop trees crashed on them following heavy rains on Sunday.
The victims were mostly students from the Wenchi Senior High School.

About 22 others are receiving treatment at the Kintampo Government Hospital.