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Various incidence and number of Gas explosions Ghana has experienced

The recent gas explosion happened on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Atomic Junction near Madina, Accra which has claimed the lives of at least seven people.

Ghana has recorded eight major gas explosions in three years from 2014 to 2017.

The cases, which were recorded led to the death of more than 250 Ghanaians include the twin disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle on June 3, 2015, Tema, Takoradi, Nungua and Kasoa gas explosions.

The recent gas explosion happened on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Atomic Junction near Madina, Accra which has claimed the lives of at least seven people.

Here’s the number of times gas explosions occurred in the country.

Kwame Nkrumah Circle gas explosion

On June 3, 2015, At least 150 people have died after a devastating explosion ripped through a petrol station during heavy flooding.

Kwame Nkrumah Circle gas explosion (Twin disaster)

Tema gas explosions

One person has been killed, with one other injured, after an explosion at Delta Agro, a soap manufacturing company in the Tema Industrial area on August 18, 2017.

The Administrative Manager of the factory explained that three workers were in the process of cleaning an empty oil tanker when the explosion occurred.

He said the tank which exploded contained dirty oil and that some contractors were working on it at the time; there was built-up pressure and it caused the tank to explode.

Also in Tema on February 26, 2017, there has been another gas explosion at Tema Tulaku on the Michel Camp road resulting in several deaths and some injuries. The cause of the explosion is immediately not known but several tanker vehicles have been burnt while efforts by a combined team of military and personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service with support of the National Ambulance to save lives.

Tema gas explosions

Tulip Inn Hotel explosion

Gas explosion at the Tulip Inn Hotel at Shiashie in Accra has killed four employees after all attempts to save their lives at the hospital proved futile.

The incident happened around 1:00pm on September 26, 2017 in the hotel’s kitchen.

The impact of the explosion was so intense that it tore part of the wall and killed the staff of the hotel.

According to reports, the four staff – Francis Dzigbor, electrician; Emmanuel Baffoe Gyan, gas technician; Alex Akomani, cook; and William Gbedemashie, driver.

Atomic junction explosion

On October 7, 2017, at least seven people have been confirmed dead with dozens injured in the Madina Atomic Junction gas explosion that occurred on Saturday night in Accra.

Two of the deceased are said to have been knocked down by speeding vehicles during the chaos.

More than 20 vehicles are also reported to have been razed down by the explosion.

Many of the injured persons were sent to the 37 Military Hospital and Legon Hospital for treatment.

Atomic gas explosion

Kasoa gas explosion

On August 4, 2015 at Kasoa, two people are reported to have died when a gas cylinder exploded at a fuel station at Ngleshie Amanfrom near Kasoa.

Several people are also believed to have sustained serious injuries from the blast which happened around 1 pm.

According to reports, the explosion was caused by maintenance work on one of the cylinders at the station.

Kasoa gas explosion

Nungua-Zongo gas explosion

On July 18, 2014, six family members at Nungua zongo, a suburb of Accra have sustained multiple degrees of injuries with one reported dead in a gas explosion Wednesday.

Reports revealed that the family attempted to use a faulty gas cylinder, which had just been fixed by a repairer.

The deceased, according to a Senior Resident at the Korle Bu Reconstruction, Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Dr. Nyigba Edem suffered a 100 per cent total body surface area burn, which means every part of the skin was badly affected.

Nungua Zongo gas explosion victims

Trade Fair explosion

On December 23, 2016, six people are reported to have been burnt beyond recognition after a gas explosion at the Louis Gas Station behind the Trade Fair Centre at Labadi in Accra.

At least 12 others are said to be in critical condition after sustaining severe burns from the fire that came with the explosion.

The explosion with its attendant fire outbreak was said to have started about 6 p.m at the gas station.

Trade Fair gas explosion


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