Today marks exactly a year since the residents of Appiatse in the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality were hit by a devastating explosion that destroyed the community, wrecked all of the structures, claiming the lives of several residents and strangers, and living some with severe injuries.
However, an event was held to commemorate the day in order for residents to share their experiences, pray, and advise the general public on how to help prevent future occurrences of such disasters.
Hon. Isaac Dasmani (PhD) the Municipal Chief Executive in his remark gave a flashback of what happened during the day of Appiatse explosion.
According to him, 496 people were affected, and the number of people injured currently stands at twenty, with two people critically injured.
He commended the Red Cross Association, Mineral Commissions, Ghana Gas, UNICEF, the UN Embassy, some churches, Goldfields, and many other organizations and individuals who assisted the victims.
He also seized the opportunity to seek scholarships for tertiary students in the community to enable them to become meaningful citizens in society.
Hon. Robbery Wisdom Codjo, the Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni -Valley Constituency, on his part said: “We would have been happy if this ground durbar is meant for a celebration of achievement.
Rather than this sad story, this was a disaster that took away some lives of our brothers and sisters, destroyed a lot of properties, and left others with massive injuries, my condolences to the gone souls and speedy recovery to those who are still undergoing treatment.
I will say this should serve as an experience to stay alert and be careful whenever we hear a Siren of an explosive van to help prevent any feature occurrences.
I will also urge everyone to continue with their support till we bring our brothers and sisters back to active life and their normal homes, I pray that God will give us a sign that can mark the end of a disaster of such nature,” he appealed.
Nana Nteboah IV the Divisional Chief of the Himan Prestea Divisional Area also underscored the need for the security agencies to scale up on sensitization on both formal and informal education on safety.
Stakeholders in disaster prevention and management such as the Police, National Ambulance, Fire Service, and Red Cross were called to educate and share advice on the prevention of this kind of tragedy.
Source: Matilda Ansah
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