Dr Isaac Dsamani, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer of the Prestea Huni Valley has disclosed that 17 victims from the saddened unfortunate explosion at Opiate, a suburb of Bogoso in the Western Region of Ghana have died so far.
However, according to Dr Isaac Dsamani, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer of the Prestea Huni Valley, data and information from the Ghana National Disaster Management Organisation NADMO and another collaborative rescue team such as the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana National Fire Service indicates that number.
MCE Dr Isaac Dsamani Statement On The Situation
On that note, Dr Isaac Dsamani speaking in an interview on TV3 reiterated that he has not confirmed the number personally but 17 people have lost their lives from the disaster so far according to the report from the Ghana National Disaster Management Organisation NADMO and other rescue team or agencies.
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of the Prestea Huni Valley further explained the severity and extent of damage the explosion has had at the Opiate community and its surroundings.
“The situation is unbearable looking at the whole village and it has been ripped off and then there were some dead bodies and a lot of people were injured and buildings have collapsed”, he said.
The report indicated that a vehicle exporting explosive from Kumasi to a mining site on the 20th of January 2022 was involved in a high explosion disaster at Opiate, a suburb of Bogoso in the Western Region.
However, 59 persons around were seriously injured many complications and loss of properties such as buildings and others.
Therefore, many of the victims from the tragedic explosion disaster have been rescued according to reports immediately sent to various hospitals and are admitted following emergency treatment from health care workers.
Ghana Police Service Report
A report emanating from the Ghana Police Service indicated that the unfortunate accident which resulted in the injuries of many residents and loss of properties happened around 1:25 pm.
According to the Ghana Police Service, the accident specifically involved a DAF vehicle with the registration number WR 2252-18 which was transporting explosives from the MAXAM company from Tarkwa to Chirano Gold Mines and a motorcycle.
The ramming of the motorcycle into the truck carrying the explosive causes a fire that allegedly ignites the explosive from the truck to burst into flames with a high explosive.
“D/CPI Isaac Kamanim of firearms Unit Tarkwa was escorting explosion from MAXAM company Tarkwa, in a DAF van with registration WR 2252-18 driven by Alfred Pappao to Chirano Gold Mines in the Western Region. At a section of the road between Bogoso and bawdy, a motorcycle rider from the opposite direction run under the vehicle carrying the explosive. The driver sustained a deep cut on the head and was rushed to the Government Hospital at Tarkwa. The Police escort escaped unhurt”, the report indicated.
Death And Injuries
A statement emanating from the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Information announces that the total number of individuals who were involved in the casualties stand at 76 with 17 of them confirmed dead.
However, 59 out of the 76 that were rescued so far are seriously injured and sent to the various hospitals receiving emergency treatment.
” Out of the fifty-nine 59 injured person l, forty-two 42 are receiving treatment and some in critical conditions”, the statement indicated.
Degree Of Material Damage And Property
A large crater which was used by the Ghana Police Service at the incidence display that some portion of the road was unfortunately damaged according to multiple reports on the ground on the viral videos.
Similarly, buildings apartment from afar according to the report were also massively destroyed with many sustaining cracks thereby reducing their strength and capacity while others had their windows shattered.
The police officers also further indicated that the extent of the damage of the buildings was also ignited to a nearby ECG Transformer at the scene.
State Agencies That Were Deployed To The Scene
Crime Scene Intelligence, CID Operation Team under the leadership of Deputy Regional Commander DCOP Adusan Oppku assisted by the Regional Crime Officer C/SUPT Ebenezer Borror and Supt. Savior Ahiamadi including the Ghana Police Service and other securities were deployed to the scene of the accident.
However, the Ghana Police Service was the first institution to arrive on the ground after the accident followed by other collaborative agencies.
President Sent Message Of Condolence To Victims
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo reacting to the situation have allegedly extended his profound message of condolences to the victims of the disastrous explosion at Opiate within Baguio in the Western Region of Ghana.
However, President Nana Akufo Addo expressed his sadness and grieve about the circumstances that have resulted in the unfortunate disaster or explosions with much loss of human lives leaving several in critical conditions plus causing massive loss of property as well.
President Nana Akufo Addo disheartened by the situation took to his social media Twitter page to send his message of condolences to the victims.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo has further assured the affected victims from the unfortunate disastrous explosion at Opiate, a suburb of Baguio in the Western Region that, his government and administration will do everything possible in their outfit as government to ensure that the residents if the town affected by the explosion return to normalcy as soon as possible in the country.
“I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Opiate near Bogoso, in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties belonging to residents. . The Police, Armed Forces and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are coordinating efforts to contain the”, President Nana Addo wrote on his social media Twitter page.