Bogoso, Ghana, is hit by a massive explosion. Scores Were Feared Dead (Video)
According to authorities and one eyewitness, multiple persons were killed in a “big explosion” in Ghana Thursday after a motorcycle collided with a van carrying explosives.
Update on the Public Emergency Alert!
In response to our previous emergency public notification, the Police have seized command of the situation, providing security to allow emergency personnel such as the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO, and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.
While rescue activities are continuing, the public has been warned to relocate to neighboring communities for their own protection.
A request has also been sent to neighboring communities to open their classrooms, churches, and other facilities to accept 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.
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.
Further updates regarding the emergency evacuation of the injured will be communicated in due course.
Ghana Police Service
I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Apiate 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 the Government, deep condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.
The Police, Armed Forces, and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are coordinating efforts to contain the situation, and I have also instructed NADMO to see to it that rapid relief is brought to residents of the town.
The government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Apiate.