The vice president, Dr Alhaji Bawumia has visited the victims of the recent chemical explosion which wiped out the entire community of apiate in the western region.
In his address, he stated that the government will rebuild houses in the town and ensure that life comes back to the community. The vice president also commended the ambulance service for the swift response and support to the situation.
Dr. Bawumia revealed that so far 13 dead bodies have been discovered from the explosion, and that the number of casualties will increase as the ambulance service and other security agencies continue to search and gather pieces of bodies torn apart.
‘Some victims and injured persons have been sent to Accra and Kumasi to receive the best of medical care’, he added.
Meanwhile, the Natural Resources Ministry is set to probe the disaster. This according to the minster of National Resources, Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor, will be done by setting up a committee, which will also prosecute culprits involved.
The MCE of the area also visited the site where the tragedy occurred, and presented relief items to affected persons. He also mentioned that ‘the whole town is devastated’. Residents from Tarkwa, Takoradi and neighbouring towns and villages travelled to Apiate to witness the aftermath of the devastation and wiping out of the entire community. The ambulance service was once again commended by these witnesses for performing very well in saving lives.
In another development, the IGP, Dr. George Akufo Dampare commended the various security agencies for their hard work, and encouraged them to work together especially in national disasters like this. The Western Region Police Commander also disclosed that the police carried duty diligently before the disaster occurred. A police escort was given to the truck carrying the explosives, the Police Commander said, pointing out that 96 persons have been discharged from various hospitals. About 384 persons have been displaced, he disclosed.
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