WATCH ABOVE: The deadly gas explosion left dozens dead in Ghana’s capital. President John Dramani Mahama visited the scene on Thursday, calling the death toll “catastrophic.”
ACCRA, Ghana – The death toll from a huge gas station explosion and flooding in Ghana’s capital has more than doubled to 150 people, the president said Thursday night.
Dozens of people had sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to escape the torrential rains at the time of Wednesday night’s blast. Flooding swept fuel being stored at the station into a nearby fire, triggering the explosion that also set ablaze neighbouring buildings, officials said.
The West African nation will observe three days of mourning with flags flying at half-staff, and the government will allocate about $12 million for relief operations and to repair damaged infrastructure, President John Dramani Mahama told journalists before heading into an emergency meeting.
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