The unforgettable incident that happened on Thursday 20th January 2022, at Apiete in the Prestea Huni Valley Municipality has led to many deaths and many people homeless. The total number of victims so far stands at Eight Hundred and Seventy-Six (876), with children of Three Hundred and Seventy-Three (373) (male:185 and female 188) and Adults of Four Hundred and Ninety-Three (493) (Male:220 and Female: 273). The total number of children without parents is 10. In all a total of Two Hundred and Eleven (211) dwelling units were identified in the community, Twenty-Six kitchens, two (2) schools, two (2) Churches, and Eleven Toilets were identified in the community of these, one Hundred and Three (103) Building collapsed, Fifty-seven (57) buildings had their windows damaged, Sixty-Eight (68) buildings had their roof ripped off and Twenty-Six buildings were not damaged. However, the buildings which were not damaged were mostly uncompleted and had not reached the roofing or the lentil level.
Works are ongoing for the relocation of the victims as Red Cross and Goldfields Ghana have given out several tents to be temporally mounted for relocating the victims. A place has been given by Future Global Resources for temporally relocating the victims and the tents are being mounted in these areas. The roman catholic parish hall and the golden hotel are currently being used to accommodate the victims. Medical care and psychological counseling are being organized for the victims at the Parish Hall. Several Philanthropist and organizations such as the Ghana Gas, Locoms company limited Tobinco Pharmacy, Footies Ghana, Perseus mining, Rotary club, JB Precision Engineering, Anglo Gold Ashanti- Tarkwa, Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council, Space FM, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bogoso Market women, Church of Christ, Assemblies of God, Melcom Ghana, Dumase Community, Asona FM. Engineers and planners and many more.
The contractor has commenced work on the part of the road which was damaged. The electricity transformer which got burnt in the course of the explosion has been fixed and all those whose light was disconnected have been restored. However, the Apiete community does not have access to light as the engineer is waiting for commands before such actions are carried out. Engineers from the EPA and the State Housing company are on-site to examine the situation before construction can begin.