On 20 January 2022, a large blast occurred in an area at Apeate community, near the city of Bogoso about 300km (180 miles) west of the capital of Ghana, Accra. The explosion occurred when a motorcycle went under a truck carrying explosives that was en route to the gold mine at Bogoso. After the blasts, people in the community rushed down to the scene when a second blast occurred few minutes later. This resulted in the destruction of dozens of buildings.
As of 26 January, a total of 3,300 people have been affected by the event, 17 people had been confirmed dead, and some 59 people injured. Reports from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) indicated that 500 buildings have been destroyed by the blasts and approximately 1,500 people are now homeless. The explosion blew-off major roads in the area, with many commuters getting stranded due to the situation.
The Prestea Huni Valley Municipal Assembly has set up a relief center at the Catholic Church Parish Hall in Bogoso which is hosting the displaced people, and the Government through the Municipal Chief Executive of Prestea Huni Valley Municipal Assembly has issued a statement highlighting the need for assistance including temporary shelter, food items and medical needs. (IFRC, 31 Jan 2022)