The unfortunate explosion that occurred at Bogoso in the Western Region on Thursday 20th January 2022 has led to the demolishing of about 95% of the 200 houses in the community, according to the National Disaster Management Organization.
The Deputy NADMO Director for Prestea Huni- Valley, Louis Afful, also explained that the explosion happened in two phases, one underground and then the top, affecting residents in the process.
“Most of the houses in the area are on the left side of the road, unfortunately for us, the impact hit more of the left side. Almost 95% of the houses in the community are gone.”
“The opposite side of the road has a few structures, including a church building and a school. The impact of the explosion was so great such that it threw off a transformer. The truck itself cannot be found.”
He then revealed that the impact was quite severe as most of the houses in the area are made of mud.
“Most of the houses in the area are made of mud. These houses were first swept away as they are in front. The block houses were situated at the back, and even for those, there are only 4 of them, including a 6-unit classroom block left.”
“In my estimation, about 95% out of the about 200 households were swept away.”
So far, 17 people have been confirmed dead, while 59 injured persons have been rescued in the deadly explosion as authorities mobilise rescue efforts.
The government revealed in a statement from the Information Ministry, that out of the 59 injured persons, 42 are receiving treatment and some are in critical condition. They however outlined some measures taken so far by the government to handle the situation.
Initial investigations by the police said a vehicle transporting explosives to a mining site collided with a motorcycle, resulting in the explosion.
Meanwhile, Chirano Gold Mines has confirmed that the truck that was involved in the explosion was destined for its site.
The mining company said the truck belongs to mining services contractor, MAXAM.