President Akufo-Addo mourns victims of Apiate dynamite explosion; describes incident as “truly sad and tragic”

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President Akufo-Addo has sent his condolences to the families of victims of the Apiate dynamite explosion which has so far claimed scores of lives.

The President in a series of tweets, while consoling the bereaved families, also extended wishes of a speedy recovery to the injured.

A huge explosion on Thursday afternoon devastated the town of Apiate near Bogoso in the Western region.

VIDEO: “Huge explosion” wipes out Western region town of Apiate

Visuals from the area show homes flattened due to the impact of the explosion which police preliminary investigations revealed was caused by a collision between a vehicle transporting explosives to a mining site and a motorcycle.

Taking to social media shortly after the incident, the president said, “I have just received a briefing on the circumstances that led to an explosion in Apiate near Bogoso, in the Western Region, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties belonging to residents. It is a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident, and I extend, on behalf of the Government, deep condolences to the families of the deceased, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”

Rescue efforts underway as “huge explosion” at Apiate leaves scores dead

The President also added that the Police, Armed Forces and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are coordinating efforts to contain the situation and ensure rapid relief is brought to residents of the community.

“Government will spare no effort to ensure a rapid return to a situation of normalcy for residents of Apiate,” he said.

SourceABC News

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