Atomic gas explosion latest update: Death toll increases to 7 with 132 more injured

Atomic gas explosion latest update: Death toll increases to 7 with 132 more injured

-Seven people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of the gas explosion

- A statement from the Information Ministry, released on Sunday, added that 132 others were injured as a result of the incident, while about half of that number have already been discharged

The number of persons affected by the gas explosion near Atomic in Accra appears to be rising with each passing hour, with many more casualties confirmed to have been caught up in the inferno.


At around 7pm Saturday evening a double gas explosion at a filling station around Atomic led to deaths and injuries to persons, with others losing their cars and other properties in the process.

Atomic gas explosion latest update: Death toll increases to 7 with 132 more injured

The scene of the gas explosion in Accra

Initial reports suggested that four people had lost their lives in the fire with as many also sustaining various burns due to disaster.


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However, information from the presidency indicates that the number of casualties supersede what was initially reported.


On Sunday, Information Minister Mustapha Hamid released a statement confirming that at least seven persons lost their lives, with over 132 more injured following the gas explosion.


According to him, though, 64 out of the 132 admitted casualties had been discharged after receiving treatment, with the others still undergoing treatment at the hospitals.


Sections of the statement read: "Government expressed its condolences to families of the deceased and injured in the unfortunate incident, it also commended the Fire Service, Ambulance Service and police for their quick control and rescue exercise.


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"Any injured persons who may have been evacuated from the scene on their own should kindly inform the Ghana Police Hospital of their location."


The explosions have led to calls for government to be firm when it comes to dealing with the construction of petrol and gas filling stations at unauthorized places.


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Early on Sunday Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia visited the site and promised that government will get to the bottom of the cause of the explosion.


Mr Hamid also confirmed that investigations were currently underway to determine the true cause of the explosion.

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