Government To Build Housing Units For Explosion Victims

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The government has announced plans to help build housing units for people displaced by a blast that killed at least 17 and injured 59 others at Bogoso-Appiate, a farming/mining community in the Prestea-Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region.

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said they had already been in touch with the State Housing Company, and they were also talking with the mining companies.

"We will quickly try to put in facilities that will help those who have been displaced.

That is going to be one of the priorities for all of us, so just to assure you that, government is fully engaged in all of these processes and we are going to see to it that the people here are taken care of, we will learn lessons and those are going to be much later on.

For now, we are very much concerned about how to complete this rescue effort, how to take care of the injured, families and people who have survived.

We are going to work collaboratively to ensure all of these happen.”

The explosion occurred when a vehicle carrying dynamite to Chirano Gold Mine, a mining company owned by Canadian mining giant, Kincross, which is located in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality, a distance of about 140 kilometres from the scene of the blast, hit a motorbike.

Army explosion experts have joined the police, the national disaster management organization (NADMO) and the national ambulance service to search through the rubble for survivors and recover any dead bodies.

The explosion left a deep crater and leveled about 95 percent of houses in the community. The extent of devastation caused is simply unimaginable.

Louis Afful, the Deputy Prestea-Huni-Valley Municipal Director of NADMO, estimates that about 95 percent of the about 200 houses in the community, are gone.

“Most of the houses in the area are made of mud. These houses were the first to be swept away as they are in front.

The block houses were situated at the back, and even for these, there are only four of them, including a six-unit classroom block left standing.”

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