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Today In History: Over 150 People Perish In Flood And Fire Disaster At Accra

On June 3, 2015, Ghanaians were thrown into a state of shock and mourning after a twin fire and flood disaster took the lives of over 150 persons who were seeking shelter at a GOIL filling station near Kwame Nkrumah Interchange at circle in the capital city of the West African country.

According to one of the surviving victims, the disaster which is one of the biggest disasters to have occurred in the country emanated from a heavy downpour and flooding from several days of rains in the city. "It occurred at the fuel station after one of their tanks exploded. The power went off due to the thunders and came back. I heard a pop sound and the fire erupted". One survivor narrated.

The flood area was packed with many people, cars and buses waiting to leave to their various destinations but unfortunately it didn't happen so. About 96 people taking shelter at the station was killed and the rest from adjoining buildings and vehicles parked along the street.

As a result of the water mixed with the fuel when the tanks exploded, the water aggravated the spread of the fire to nearby buildings. According to the Ghana National Fire Service and the rescue team deployed to the area, the rainfall made rescue efforts very daunting.

Medical facilities and morgues were overwhelmed due to the large numbers. After the unfortunate disaster, drains within the capital city were dredged.

May the over one hundred souls who perished rest in peace.


Source: Joy News


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