Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings

Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings

2022-01-21 09:30:00 AM

Huge explosion in Ghana mining region kills residents, fells buildings

An explosion in Ghana's rural Western Region on Thursday razed hundreds of buildings and killed an unknown number of residents when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine collided with a motorcycle.

In one video, two bodies are seen crumpled on the ground, covered in dust. A photo shared by a local council member showed a deep crater at the epicentre of the blast, onlookers peering down from its rim.Seji Saji Amedonu, deputy director-general of the National Disaster Management Organisation, said 500 buildings had been destroyed. A regional emergency official told local media he had seen 10 dead bodies.

“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are under way,” the police said in a statement.Nearby towns have been asked to open up public spaces including classrooms and churches to survivors, the police said.

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