A catastrophic explosion in a mining area of ​​Ghana killed residents and collapsed buildings


Accra — An explosion in the western part of Ghana on Thursday destroyed hundreds of buildings and killed an unknown number of inhabitants when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle.

An unidentified video posted to local media showed a large smoldering blast site where the building was shrunk into piles of wood, brick and twisted metal.

In one video, two bodies are seen crumpled on the ground and covered with dust. A photo shared by local councilors showed a deep crater at the epicenter of the blast and a spectator looking down from its edge.

Seji Saji Amednu, deputy director of the National Disaster Management Organization, said 500 buildings had been destroyed. Local emergency officials told local media that they had seen 10 bodies.

“Public citizens are advised to move from this area to a nearby town for safety while restoration work is taking place,” police said in a statement.

According to police, neighboring towns are being asked to open public spaces such as classrooms and churches to survivors.

The explosion occurred at Apiate between the towns of Bogoso and Bodi when a motorcycle ran under a truck carrying explosives owned by a company called Maxam on its way to the Toronto-based Kinros-operated Tyranno Gold Mine. It has occurred.

A Kinros spokesman confirmed the incident and said it occurred 140 kilometers (87 miles) from the mine.

Police initially said the explosives were heading from the Johannesburg-based Goldfield-operated Tarkwa gold mine, but Goldfield spokesmen said the delivery was not at the Tarkwa mine, but at the town of Tarkwa. Said it was from the company. Maxam did not respond to the request for comment.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Ad wrote on Twitter that she was informed of the incident and confirmed that she had died.

“This is a truly … tragic event, and I express my deepest condolences to the deceased’s family on behalf of the government,” he said.

Elias Mohammed

Reuters

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