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Explosion: Transport of explosives was properly done procedurally – Police

Social media video shows aftermath of an explosion after a truck carrying explosives collided with a motorcycle
The scene of the explosion

The Ghana Police Service has said in relation to the explosion at Appiatse near Bogoso in the Western Region, that the transport of the explosives was properly done procedurally.

Speaking to journalists on Friday January 21, the Director General, Public Affairs Directorate of the Police Service, ACP Kwasi Ofori said there was Police escort in the process.

“Let me use this opportunity to also state that the truck driver is in good hand. The gentleman who was on the motorbike is also responding to treatment and for the driver, knowing what we he was carrying, was of help to the community here. He quickly rushed to the school, informed the teachers about the danger that at the time was to come and the children were quickly whisked away from this area to a more safer ground.

“He also announced to most community members to move out including the motor rider. But unfortunately, looking at the radius of the explosion the 13 died and the 36 who are on admission also sustained injuries and 96 with all manner of cuts were treated and discharged,” he said.

He added “Let me say that the transport of the explosives, procedurally, was properly done and that there was a Police escort. The Police escort assisted the driver in making sure that they are alerted members of the pubic.

“The Policeman was part of those who came to the school to whisk the school children away. He was in the escort vehicle and he witnessed what happened and even their escort vehicle was also used to evacuate the injured.”

ACP Kwesi Ofori further stated that the number of people who have died so far from the explosion at Appietse is thirteen contrary to the seventeen figure put out earlier.

He said “It was misreported that they were dead but when they were taken to the hospital, the medical officers certified that they were not clinically dead and as such they were admitted and treatment is ongoing. So it is 13 and we should take note of that.”

Following the disaster on Thursday January 20, the Police said its preliminary investigation established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.

“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.

“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.

Source:3 News

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Parts of Tema, Kaneshie, other places flooded as rains hit Accra

Accra flooded after heavy rains on Saturday

The capital city of Ghana, Accra, has flooded again after almost two hours of heavy rains.

Parts of Tema Community 25, Golf City, Kaneshie First Light, among other places, were unmotorable during and after the downpour early Saturday morning.

The Ghana Meteorological Agency had warned that “cloudiness is expected over most parts of the country this morning, with pockets of rain over southern Ghana. Breaks of sunshine will be experienced later. Afternoon to evening rains is expected over parts of the middle and northern sectors.”

Some people took to social media to express their dismay over the flooding in their communities:

 Source: Citinewsroom. com

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EPA tracking source of chemical pollution in Tema Newtown

Delegation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tracking the source of a suspected chemical substance that polluted the air in parts of Tema Newtown on the evening of Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Mr Frank Asante, the Public Relations Officer of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the EPA is involved in the investigation process initiated by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to unravel the cause of the suspected chemical substance pollution which residents believed was from the sea.

Residents made up of both the young, babies and the old in the Sea-Light Electoral area spanning from the Eastern Naval Base through to adjourning communities had to resort to the use of nose masks as the pollution led to itches in the eyes and nose and uncontrollable cough for hours.

Consequently, Mr Yohane Amarh Ashitey, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, accompanied by Madam Irene Opoku, EPA Tema Regional Director undertook a two-hour tour of the fishing harbour and canoe basic enclaves as part of the investigations.

Mr Asante said the team of EPA officers assisted by Mr Michael Otoo, Assembly Member for Sea-Light identified some affected households where the EPA equipment could be installed for monitoring.

He said the EPA had said the equipment was very sensitive and could pick the slightest trace of the chemical which they believed was still in the atmosphere.

He appealed to residents to cooperate with the EPA officials to help unravel the cause of the discomfort they experienced on Tuesday and put in measures to prevent a recurrence in the future.

He gave the assurance that the TMA together with the EPA was committed to ensuring the Metropolis which is known to be the industrial hub of Ghana would not compromise the health of its residents even as the industries carry out their operations.

Meanwhile, Madam Opoku has confirmed in an interview with GNA that the Agency is undertaking thorough investigations to unravel the cause of the suspected pollution in Tema Newtown.

She said the EPA team interacted with the indigenes and the Assembly member of the area who said the smell of the chemicals was no longer in the air.

Ms Opoku mentioned that the Agency was investigating the cause of the occurrence and dealing with it appropriately as a public health concern.

She said thorough monitoring was underway as part of the investigations to know exactly what was released into the atmosphere which led to the people reacting by way of coughing and experiencing facial burns.

She said the Agency has also visited most of the companies around the area as part of the preliminary investigations to check if there were some forms of leakage, “we are still monitoring and will come out with our conclusions soon”.

Source: GNA

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Tema Regional fire service debunks claims of going to fire scene without water

(ACFOI) Doris Lamptey

The Tema Regional Office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has refuted claims within some sections of the public in the region that personnel attend to fire scenes without water in the fire tenders.

According to GNFS the wrong perception has been in some parts of the public domain especially victims of fire outbreaks for far too long which was not helping the activities of the service and hence deem necessary to set the records straight to save its hard-earned reputation.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Grade I (ACFOI) Doris Lamptey who is the GNFS Tema Regional Commander said such claims were false and baseless.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the side-lines of a health and safety awareness walk to bring fire safety to the doorsteps of the public, ACFOI Lamptey said “people saying that we go to fire scenes without water is neither here nor there, it is not true.

“We seriously debunked it. Like we always say, you cannot see a farmer going to the farm without a cutlass. So, if you say we did not come there with water, what did we use to douse the fire?

According to the GNFS Tema Regional Commander the nature of some fire outbreaks required maximum pressure of water to be exerted from the nozzles which could hurriedly empty the tenders in a short time and not otherwise; “not that we deploy fire tenders to fire scenes without water.”

She said all fire appliances at a fire station have water in them and hence serviceable tenders always leave the fire station to the fire scene with water, adding that, “you cannot enter a fire station and see an appliance without water”.

ACFOI Lamptey reiterated the need for the public to understand the operations of the GNFS in the region and approach the service for fire safety inquiries and clarifications rather than making slanderous allegations that could damage the image of the service.

She noted that the public must endeavour to accept that firefighters are professionals, trained to do their work as mandated therefore they need support and cooperation rather than wrong accusations and conjectures.

The Regional Commander also cautioned the public to desist from Prank calls as it restricts the service from attending to real fire outbreaks and emergencies.

“We want to tell the public that, if you make a prank call, you are blocking someone who has an incident and calling the fire service for help, you might put somebody’s life in danger so please we are pleading with the public to stop the practice.

“Within a minute fire can destroy everything so we’re pleading with the public to desist from any act that will distract the person from attending distress calls immediately,” she cautioned.

The Tema Fire Region spans the Tema Metropolis, Industrial, Newtown, Gbetsile, Devtraco, Motorway, Kasapreko, Ashaiman, Dodowa, Kpone-Katamanso, Ningo-Prampram, Sege, and Ada.

Source: Philip Teye Agbove/GNA

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