- About 250 Ghanaians have lost their lives in gas, fuel explosions within shortest time
- Many other gas explosion victims have been deformed with others traumatized
Ghana has lost many human resource due to failure on the part of some state institutions to clamp down on indiscipline rich citizens who construct gas and fuel stations at some residential areas.
These haphazard sitting of gas stations have over the years claimed many breed-winners leaving many others deformed with permanent trauma.
Huge number of individuals and families have also been left broken hearted after losing their love ones.
According to a report put up by the Finder Newspaper reveals an alarming rate at which some Ghanaian citizens a losing their lives to fuel and gas explosions.
The report says between the year 2007 and 2017 alone, the country has recorded a number of explosions leading to a staggering death rate of over 250 people.
This figure is made up of domestic gas explosions as well as wrongful siting of fuel stations across cities.
The most devastating fuel explosion in the history of Ghana is the June 3 twin disaster. The explosion which also occurred after a heavy downpour sadly took the lives of 159 people, leaving dozens with severe burn injuries.
Despite the havoc the twin disaster wreck on the conscience of the nation, Ghana seems to be doing very little in tackling the situation.
The latest explosion that has befallen has added to the death rate of the country’s citizens.
The deadly Madina-Atomic junction explosion which occurred Saturday night claimed the lives of seven, leaving over 60 persons with various degrees of injury.
It is estimated that about 255 persons died from reported cases involving Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) explosions between 2007 and 2015.
Before the June 3 twin disaster at the Circle GOIL filling station, estimates indicate that about 96 people were killed since 2007.
In 2016, 12 people died from gas expositions at the Louis Gas Liquefied Petroleum Gas Refilling Plant at La in Accra.
Before the La explosion, six people had earlier been killed at Tinga in the Bole District of the Northern Region in August 28, same year.
According to the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, LPG explosions account for 33% of all burns cases reported in the country every year.
Out of an average of 300 burns cases recorded yearly, reports says LPG explosion accounts for 44% of the mortality rate, a situation described by doctors as worrying since most of the accidents were preventable.
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