Explosion rocks Ghana, claims 17 lives

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Explosion site in Bogoso. Photo: Google

 17 dead after huge explosion in Ghana’s mining town, Bogoso

Ghana officials have confirmed that no fewer than 17 people had been killed in a huge explosion near a mining town, Bogoso, in western Ghana.  It also destroyed properties worth millions of dollars including houses and vehicles.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated on Friday that aside the 17 already confirmed dead, at least 59 people were injured, some of whom were in a critical condition.

Police, who also confirmed the incident, narrated that a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso.

Images shared by local media showed a large plume of black smoke rising above destroyed buildings and scattered debris as residents call for help.

The videos showed mutilated bodies of victims. A large crater could also be seen beside a road.

Meanwhile Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, said that the military had joined emergency efforts to help “contain the situation”, and the country’s disaster management agency had been tasked with bringing “rapid relief” to residents.

“It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident,” the president tweeted.

In an emergency notice, police said the “huge explosion” had occurred between Bogoso and the village of Bawdie.

Rescue efforts were under way and people have been told to move out of the area.

Police called on nearby towns to “open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims”.

“We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation.”

A team of police and army explosion experts were deployed to “avoid a second explosion” and secure the scene, the government said.

 

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