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Explosion: Entire Apiati community is dead, can’t be inhabited by humans — NADMO

Entire Apiati community is dead, can't be inhabited by humans

The Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for Prestea Huni-Valley, Francis Abeiku Yankah, has said the community, Apiati near Bogoso in the Western Region where the explosion occurred, is a dead community.

He told TV3 in an interview that the community can no longer be inhabited by anyone due to the devastation.

“I was returning from Prestea when I heard an explosion on my way. I started moving towards the scene after a journalist had called me on phone informing me about what had happened.

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“Upon reaching the area, I saw complete devastation of the community called Apeati, as we speak the community is dead, it cannot be inhabited by anyone.

“Ten lifeless bodies were lying down as a result of the explosion. The MCE who was also informed about the news quickly dispatched excavators to the scene to rescue trapped bodies after some buildings collapsed,” he told TV3’s George Kwening on Thursday, January 20.

Meanwhile, the Police have said preliminary investigation established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.

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The Police appealed to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches, etc to accommodate surviving victims.

“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police 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.

“The public has been advised 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.

“Meanwhile, a 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.

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“Reinforcement of resources and personnel have been deployed to effectively handle the incident. We continue to urge the public to remain calm as we manage the situation. Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course,” a statement said.

The Police had assured that it was managing the situation.

An earlier statement by the Police on Thursday, January 20 said “Emergency Public Notice! A huge explosion occurred this afternoon, Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Apiate between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.

“The Police and other emergency service providers have activated a full emergency recovery exercise. We urge all to remain calm as we manage this unfortunate situation.”

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