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The death toll of the explosion that occurred at Appiatse, a mining community in Tarkwa in the Western region of Ghana had risen to seventeen (17) as of 1700hrs Thursday 20th January. An additional fifty-nine (59) injured persons had been rescued, bringing to seventy-six (76) the number of persons known, so far, to have been affected by the tragedy.
Forty-two (42) out of the fifty-nine (59) injured persons are receiving treatment with some in critical condition, a statement from the Ministry of Information has said.
Houses were flattened with parts of the main road passing through the Appiatse town destroyed.
“There was an accident involving a truck conveying explosive material for a mining company, a motorcycle, and a third vehicle close to an electricity transformer, leading to the explosion,” the statement added.
A National Emergency Response Mechanism has since Thursday been activated. Personnel from the Police Service, Fire Service, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Ghana Health Service, National Ambulance Service, the Municipal Authority, and residents have all been involved in providing support. Additional personnel and resources have been dispatched to the community to support the response effort.
An alternative route has been created to facilitate the movement of stranded vehicles plying that route.
All hospitals within the vicinity are being used to treat injured persons, and an evacuation plan has been activated to move those in critical condition to medical facilities in Accra so they can get the needed assistance.
To forestall a secondary explosion, a joint team of police and military explosion experts has been deployed to examine the situation and put in place the requisite measures.
The Ministry also indicated that efforts are underway to provide temporal housing facilities for stranded community members. The emergency contingent is expected to provide updates at 11:00 am Friday 21st January.
The government has commended the joint operations of personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Ghana Health Service, National Ambulance Service, the Municipal Authority, health professionals in the medical facilities within the vicinity, and local residents.
The government further expresses deep condolences to the families of the deceased and sends best wishes to the injured for their speedy recovery.
The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will visit the Appiatse to sympathise with victims. Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Lawyer Samuel Abdulai Jinapor are expected to visit the scene later today.
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