According to officials at least 17 people were killed in a huge explosion near a mining town in Ghana, near Bogoso. Police said that a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle near Bogoso.
“It’s almost like a ghost town now,” Sedzi Sadzi Amedonu, a senior official from the country’s disaster management agency, said in an interview.
He said that about 500 houses were affected, some being completely destroyed. At least 59 people were injured, some of whom were in a critical condition, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said the military had joined emergency efforts to help “contain the situation”, and “rapid relief” was being sent to residents. “It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident,” he tweeted.
Rescue efforts were under way and people have been told to evacuate 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.
The vehicle was carrying explosives to the Chirano gold mine about 140km (90 miles) from the scene of the blast.
Sources: BBC, The Star
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