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Ghana blast: Many feared dead after huge explosion near Bogoso





At least 13 people have been killed in a huge explosion near a mining town in south-western Ghana, officials say.


A truck carrying explosives to a gold mine crashed with a motorcycle near the town of Bogoso, according to police.


The BBC's Thomas Naadi says Thursday's explosion ripped apart the nearby village of Apiatse.


On Friday, rescue workers were still searching through the rubble for victims, while the smell of dead bodies filled the air, he says.


Many houses have been completely flattened, leaving at least 380 people without shelter.


"It's almost like a ghost town," Sedzi Sadzi Amedonu, a senior official from the country's disaster management agency, told the AFP news agency.


The impact of the explosion has left a crater on the major highway, forcing the police to divert traffic, our reporter says.


A view shows debris of houses and other buildings that were destroyed when a vehicle carrying mining explosives detonated along a road in Apiate, Ghana, January 21, 2022


Many houses were destroyed in the blast

Local police commander William Jabialu said the number of confirmed deaths had been revised down to 13 from a previous toll of 17.


He said another 45 were being treated in local hospitals.


Among them is Grace Morgan, a 32-year-old pregnant woman, who had metal shrapnel buried deep in her left thigh.


She told the BBC she just had time to remove a gas cylinder and a gallon of petrol from her shop before she heard the explosion, saw the next shop on fire and then lost consciousness.

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