at the minimum 17 dead, dozens injured after explosion in western Ghana

at the minimum 17 dead, dozens injured after explosion in western Ghana

at the minimum 17 people were killed and dozens more injured when a means carrying mining explosives blew up after colliding with a motorcycle in western Ghana, officials said Friday.

The crash happened Thursday in Apiate, near Bogoso, a mining town in the Prestea-Huni Valley district, the district’s municipal chief executive Isaac Dsamani said. The means was carrying explosives to the Chirano gold mine in the Western vicinity, he said.

“We have sent 57 casualties to nearby health centres,” Prosper Baah, acting regional head of the National Ambulance Service, said. Many people were injured as they tried to get to the scene of the accident and were caught in the explosion, he said.

enormous damage to village of Apiate

The explosion caused enormous damage to the village of Apiate, with a population of about 500, he said. “It is a very sad situation,” he said.

Residents stand in front of houses and other buildings that were destroyed when a means carrying mining explosives detonated along a road in Apiate. (Francis Kokoroko/Reuters)

Video from the scene circulating on social media shows homes reduced to pieces of wood and a enormous crater in the earth where the explosion took place.

“It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident,” Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said in a tweet, offering “thorough condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

The National Disaster Management Organization is co-ordinating efforts to assist residents of the town, he said.

Initial reports suggested at the minimum 17 people died as a consequence of the explosion, while dozens more were injured. (Francis Kokoroko/Reuters)
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