Authorities in Ghana have begun removing the scene of a huge explosion that killed at least 17 people and injured dozens more.
The explosion occurred on Thursday when a vehicle carrying mining explosives collided with a motorcycle in the western Ghanaian community of Apiate.
On Friday, Vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia visited the site and underlined the government's intention to examine the situation and deliver assistance.
"Yesterday, we were hit by a terrible disaster. Not only did it affect the community here in Apiate, but it also affected the entire country of Ghana, which is why His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo, asked me to lead this government delegation to come and assess the situation and see what we can do for the people ", according to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
The explosion left a massive crater on the spot.
The bomb destroyed dozens of houses and buildings.
The population of the settlement is around 500 people.
The truck was transporting explosives to the Chirano gold mine.
The National Disaster Management Organization is coordinating efforts to assist all residents who have been affected.
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