Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo regional minister, has said that the Kintampo Waterfalls accident brought a wave of sadness upon him.
According to him, the tragedy has left the entire Brong-Ahafo region in a state of mourning, as he was on his way toward the site of the accident to see the extent of damage.
Speaking on Hot FM, Mr Asomah-Cheremeh said, "the whole of Brong Ahafo is bereaved to know that eighteen students have lost their lives, fifteen from Wenchi senior high school and three from the University of Energy and Natural Resources. It is painful and as such I am on my way to Kintampo to see how things are and from there I will go to the mortuary and then to the hospital to visit the injured.
Ever since the falls was discovered, something like this has never happened before which makes it very painful.”
On Sunday, March 19, a huge tree fell down the Kintampo Waterfalls, where some students of the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School, and other tourists had been swimming.
The accident resulted in the death of about 19 people, 15 of whom were students of the secondary school with 11 others injured.
Reports state that an earlier storm in the area caused the tree to break and fall down the waterfall, which killed some of the students instantly.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Akefu has extended her condolences to the families of the victims of the Kintampo accident, and also assured of government's support to the families.
"It is really painful for your child to go to on an excursion only to hear that a tragedy like this has happened to them. It is a great loss to the family and the country as a whole and that is why we are going there to sympathize with them and also to visit the falls to view the current situation over there," she said.