Government has promised to revuild collapsed buildings to resettle residents of Appiatse a town between Bogoso and Bawdie in the Western Region.
The town was on Thursday, 20 January 2022 been ravaged by a huge explosion that has destroyed lives and properties.
Touring the explosion site today, Tuesday, 21 January 2022, Dr Bawumia said: “For the houses that have been destroyed, we are already beginning to think about how to rehabilitate and rebuild the community here.
“I want to assure Nananom that his Excellency has already given the directive. We have already spoken to the State Housing Corporation and are in consultation with the mining communities here.
“We will quickly try to put in place facilities that will help those who have been displaced. That will be a priority for us.”
During a visit to some of the victims receiving treatment at the Aseda Health Centre in Bogoso, Dr. Bawumia said the government will foot the medical bills of all persons injured in the explosion.
Seventeen people have so far been confirmed dead in the huge explosion.
Fifty-nine others were also injured out of the 76 rescued so far.
A statement issued by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, following the tragedy, said: “As of 17:00 hours, a total of seventeen (17) people have, sadly, been confirmed dead, and fifty-nine (59) injured persons had been rescued, bringing to seventy-six (76), the number of persons known, so far, to have been affected by the tragedy”.
“Out of the fifty-nine (59) injured persons, forty-two (42) are receiving treatment and some in critical condition.”
It added: “All hospitals within the vicinity are being used to treat injured persons, and an evacuation plan has been activated to move those in critical condition to medical facilities in Accra so they can get the needed assistance.”
The explosion occurred when a truck conveying explosives was involved in an accident with a motorcycle and a third vehicle close to an electronic transformer.
Apart from the deaths, the explosion destroyed several properties.