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Bogoso- Appiate Explosion; Four Found Not To Be Clinically Dead

Four people who were taken for dead because of their condition in the deadly blast that occurred at Bogoso-Appiate, a farming/mining community in the Prestea-Huni-Valley Municipality of the Western Region, have been found by medical doctors not to be clinically dead.

They are on admission and receiving treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the country’s second largest referral facility.

The death toll of the blast stands at 13 and the figure includes a seven-month old baby.

In all, there were 190 casualties, 36 of them are still on admission at various health facilities.

The number of displaced people stands at about 384.

The blast occurred when a vehicle carrying dynamite to the Chirano Gold Mine in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipality hit a motorbike and the explosives detonated.

A law professor says people must be held accountable for the blast. Prof Kweku Asare wrote in a Facebook post that people must be fired, prosecuted and sacked.

He said; “accidents do happen and there is no doubt that the accident here is the actual cause of the problem.

But accidents do not cause the kind of carnage we are witnessing.

Rather, the negligent transportation of explosives on the Bogoso highway, the absence of enforcement, is the proximate cause of the carnage.”

He went on; “Very saddened by the tragic events of Bogoso.

And equally upset that we have reduced our laws to mere suggestions. We have crafted LI 2177 to avoid the carnage we are witnessing at Bogoso.

Amongst its many sensible and stringent regulations, it requires the vehicle compartments in which explosives are transported to be covered with sheet metal and lined with treated wood to render it non-inflammable.

The compartment should be ventilated, the vehicle should be clearly marked with the danger sign, there are fire extinguisher rules, driver training requirements, etc.

But to what effect, if these regulations are not enforced? The mining company must be held accountable for the carnage! I see, at least, $100M of damages.

But that’s not all. Who are those responsible for enforcing L1 2177? They must all be held accountable.”

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Bogoso- Chirano Komfo Anokye Prestea-Huni-Valley


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