An explosion caused by a truck carrying explosives for a mine killed at least 17 people and injured 59 others Thursday and devastated a town in western Ghana, the government said.
The explosion occurred around noon Thursday in Apiate, not far from Bogoso, a mining town in the Western Region, about 300 kilometers west of Accra, the capital of the mineral-rich West African country.
Videos authenticated by AFP show a large crater, blown houses and debris strewn across the ground for hundreds of meters. Several lifeless bodies, some dismembered, are visible and testify to the violence of the explosion.
According to the first elements of the investigation, it was “an accident involving a truck transporting explosive materials for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle that took place near an electrical transformer and led to the explosion,” said Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah in a statement issued Thursday night.
At around 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT), the authorities had counted “a total of 17 people unfortunately confirmed dead”, and “59 injured people rescued”, he said.
Of the 59 injured, 42 have been treated in health centers, some “in critical condition”, said the minister. All hospitals in the area have been mobilized, and a plan has been activated to evacuate people in critical condition to Accra.
“It’s a black Thursday. So far, 500 houses have been affected. Some have been completely leveled by the blast while others have developed cracks,” Sedzi Sadzi Amedonu, deputy coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization, told AFP in the evening.
“It’s almost like a ghost town now. Some houses have been burned, others have been covered by debris, and search and rescue operations are still ongoing,” he added.
Survivors of the explosion, interviewed by the local press, told of scenes of desolation.
Like Abena Mintah, who explained that he ran to the scene of the accident to see if he could help rescue any victims.
“The driver of the truck carrying the explosives ran towards us to tell us to stand down and a few minutes later we heard a loud bang,” he explained.
“I became dizzy and fell into the bush. I managed to get up and saw several dismembered bodies in the street,” said the witness, who suffered minor injuries to his feet and hands.
In order to avoid a second explosion, the authorities have deployed a joint team of police and military experts. They “will examine the situation and put in place security measures,” the government said.
Authorities have asked residents to move away from the blast site and evacuate to surrounding villages. Schools and churches were opened for them to stay overnight.
By late afternoon, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo had lamented on Twitter “a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic event”, and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
Deadly accidents related to the mining sector are common in Ghana, but most often involve the collapse of artisanal mines, mostly illegal.
In June, at least nine people died in the collapse of such a mine in northern Ghana.
Ghana is Africa’s second-largest gold producer, after South Africa. The country’s mining industry involves both large global players and artisanal mining, many of which are illegal.
Woman Who Sees World Upside Down Narrates How Her Husband Abandoned Her While Pregnant
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Nollywood Actress Nkechi Blessing Reveals Why She Loves Having Unprotected S3x
Controversial Nigerian actress Nkechi Blessing has again hit online with fresh confession over her s3xual habits.
This time around she is telling her followers why she loves having unprotected s3x.
While saying that she last had s3x on February 13th, the actress revealed that she does not like having protected s3x because she is free.
According to her, she gets herself checked medically after every relationship.
“I am free because I get tested every three months. For real, I do a Hepatitis B test. Once I am leaving somebody before starting another I make sure I check if he has deposited something that was not supposed to be in my body, so if he deposits, I flush it out and start afresh like right now I am a virgin, clean so before anybody can come in you must get tested. I have flushed the last one so now I am very free.”
Nkechi Blessing also admitted still being in contact with some of her ex-lovers, saying except for the ones that gossip behind her. “I can never be friends with an ex who goes about chatting shit.”
When accused of being a lady lover she denied saying, “The person that said it on the live video said he never said such. I am not a hater, I am a woman who loves to compliment other women because I am not a hater and I like girls who like girls doesn’t make me one.”