W/R Apiate explosion: ‘Tragic, sad and unfortunate incident’- Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the explosion at Apiate near Bogoso in the Western Region as a “truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident.”
In a message of condolence to the people of Apiate on Twitter, President Akufo-Addo said: “The Police, Armed Forces and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are co-ordinating efforts to contain the situation, and I have also instructed NADMO to see to it that rapid relief is brought to residents of the town.”
He further assured the people of government’s support to restore the Apiate back to normalcy.
“Government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Apiate,” the President said.
I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Apiate near Bogoso, in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties belonging to residents. 1/4
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) January 20, 2022
The Police, Armed Forces and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are co-ordinating efforts to contain the situation, and I have also instructed NADMO to see to it that rapid relief is brought to residents of the town. 3/4 — Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) January 20, 2022.
Scores of people are feared dead while several others have been injured in a huge explosion that occurred at Apiate, a town between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.
The explosion occurred when a motorcycle collided with a vehicle carrying explosives to a mining site on Thursday, 20 January 2022.
Apart from the deaths, the explosion destroyed several properties.
Residents of the area had to run for their lives.
“Preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion,” according to a police report.
Apiate explosion: Police on emergency recovery exercise
The emergency recovery exercise is being done in collaboration with other emergency service providers
The Ghana Police Service on Thursday, 20 January 2022, announced the activation of a full emergency recovery exercise at Apiate in the Western Region.
This follows a huge explosion that occurred in the area, which is nestled between Bogoso and Bawdie.
The emergency recovery exercise is being done in collaboration with other emergency service providers in the country.
The police has, therefore, urged “all to remain calm” as it manages the situation.
Meanwhile, Ghana Police Service is appealing residents around the mining explosion site in the Bogoso area to vacate the area to nearby towns for their safety.
The incident according to sources happened Thursday afternoon.
An amateur footage of the explosion is making rounds on social media with bodies seen scattered on the floor near the accident site.
According to the Police “preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.
“Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality”.
The Police statement further noted “Reinforcement of resources and personnel have been deployed to effectively handle the incident.
“We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation.
”Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course”.
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