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Drone video shows destruction after explosion in Ghana mining region

This handout video grab shows plumes of black smoke and flames after a truck carrying explosives collided with a motorcycle in Apiate, near the city of Bogoso, Ghana, on January 20, 2022. (Photo via AFP)

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.

Drone footage shows the extent of the damage caused by the explosion with smouldering timber and torn-up sheet metal marking where hundreds of houses had stood in Apiate, a settlement about 200 km (130 miles) west of the capital Accra. The blast left a crater roughly 20 meters (66 ft) wide. Doors and roofs were blown off other buildings, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

Seji Saji Amedonu, deputy director general of the National Disaster Management Organisation said around 500 buildings were destroyed and that rescue efforts were still under way.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. Police said a motorcycle crashed into the truck, then caught fire, and a government statement suggested a roadside power transformer could have played a role.

The truck was owned by a company called Maxam that was transporting explosives to the Chirano gold mine, run by Toronto-based Kinross Gold Corporation, police said.

Kinross said it planned to provide support to the response efforts and relief items to those affected. Maxam could not be reached for comment.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is investigating the cause of the blast and whether the companies involved followed regulations covering transportation of explosives, it said in a statement.

(Source: Reuters)


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