Explosion kills 13, flattens village in Ghana mining region

Footage from the rural community of Apiate in Ghana shows the scale of devastation after a truck carrying explosives detonated, flattening homes and killing at least 13 people

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Footage from the rural community of Apiate in Ghana shows the scale of devastation after a truck carrying explosives detonated, flattening homes and killing at least 13 people

At least 13 people were killed and scores injured when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine in western Ghana detonated, flattening a rural community, the police said on Friday.

1/5Maxam, which has 140 subsidiaries operating in more than 50 countries, has not responded to requests for comment.Police are treating the site as a crime scene while they investigate, he said, without providing details.There was a pause between the collision and the explosion, which gave the driver time to tell the community that they were in danger, said police spokesperson Ofori.

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read more The ministry of lands and natural resources said in a statement that Maxam would be suspended from manufacturing, transporting or supplying explosives for mining operations pending the outcome of investigations into the incident. The ministry also ordered the suspension of Ghana's chief inspector of mines, who is responsible for supervising explosives use in the sector. 1/5 Debris of houses and other buildings that were destroyed when a vehicle carrying mining explosives detonated along a road in Apiate, Ghana, January 21, 2022. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Cooper Inveen Read More Maxam, which has 140 subsidiaries operating in more than 50 countries, has not responded to requests for comment. Kinross said it planned to provide support to the response efforts and relief items to those affected. Kwesi Ofori, director of public affairs for the Ghana Police Service, told reporters earlier on Friday that the transport of the explosives had followed proper procedure, and the truck had a police escort. Police are treating the site as a crime scene while they investigate, he said, without providing details. QUICK EVACUATION The death toll could have been much worse. There was a pause between the collision and the explosion, which gave the driver time to tell the community that they were in danger, said police spokesperson Ofori. Teachers in a nearby school were among the first informed, and evacuated the children. "(The driver) also announced to most community members to move out, including the moto rider," Ofori said. The government earlier on Friday said the death toll was 17, mistakenly counting four people who are alive but in critical condition, Ofori said. In a visit to Apiate, near the towns of Bawdie and Bogoso, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia applauded the rescue efforts and said the government was working to set up temporary housing for those who lost their homes. "We will learn lessons and those are going to be much later on. For now we are very concerned about how to complete this rescue effort," he said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Reporting by Christian Akorlie and Cooper Inveen; Additional reporting and writing by Nellie Peyton, Edward McAllister and Aaron Ross; Editing by John Stonestreet, Frank Jack Daniel and Daniel Wallis Our Standards: More from Reuters Daily Briefing Subscribe to our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. Sign up