Bogoso explosion: Akufo-Addo commiserates with people of Appiatse

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commiserated with the people of Appiatse near Bogoso in the Western Region as scores feared dead in an explosion which occurred on Thursday.

“I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Appiatse near Bogoso, in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties belonging to residents.

“It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident, and I extend, on behalf of Government, deep condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the president said in a Facebook post.

He said “…and I have also instructed NADMO to see to it that rapid relief is brought to residents of the town. Government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Appiatse.”

Scores are feared dead after a huge explosion occurred on (Thursday 20 January 2022), in Appiatse between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region, the police have confirmed.

The police say they have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

They are therefore calling on residents in the area to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.

“An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims,” the police said.

Meanwhile, 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.

“Reinforcement of resources and personnel have been dispatched to the area to assist in the handling of the incident. We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation,” the police added.


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