Gas explosion, flooding have claimed 150 lives
The death toll in Ghana from a gas station explosion in the capital and from widespread flooding has grown to 150 people, the nation’s president said.
President John Dramani Mahama told journalists that Ghana would observe three days of mourning and that the government would allocate about $12 million for relief operations and to repair damaged infrastructure.
Officials said the explosion in Accra occurred after flooding swept fuel from the gas station into a nearby fire. The blast took place as dozens of people sought shelter at the gas station from torrential rain.
The deaths are likely to intensify criticism of the government’s failure to improve the country’s infrastructure. Though the downpours this week have been especially bad, heavy rains in June are not unusual, yet drainage systems in Accra remain inadequate.