Bogoso explosion: Many feared dead following an explosion in Ghanaian town

At least 17 people have died in a massive explosion near a mining town in western Ghana. According to preliminary findings by the Ghana Police Service, the explosion occurred on Thursday, January 20, between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region, following a collision between a vehicle carrying mining explosives and a motorcycle.
The mining vehicle which was containing large amounts of explosives, was reportedly moving from Tarkwa and heading towards Chirano mines when it collided with a motorcycle on the stretch of the Bogoso road. The police said in its statement; “Preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.
” Images shared by local media showed a large plume of black smoke rising above destroyed buildings and scattered debris as residents call for help. Graphic videos showed mutilated bodies of victims.
A large crater can also be seen beside a road.
At least 59 people were injured, some of whom were in a critical condition, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
The Ghana Police Service in collaboration with other emergency service providers, “activated a full emergency recovery exercise.”  Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said the military had joined emergency efforts to help “contain theDelta Government said it had approved an upward review of contract cost of Ayakoromo Bridge project from N6 billion to N10.5 billion.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, told journalists in Asaba that the review was part of decisions reached at the first State Executive Council meeting in 2022, which was presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday.

“, 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,” he tweeted. 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”. A team of police and army explosion experts were deployed to “avoid a second explosion” and secure the scene, the government said.  Here is a video from the scene;

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