By Olaolu Bilau
Follwing the recent explosion and floods that killed over 150 persons in Accra, Ghana, the country’s President, John Mahama has declared three days of mourning for the victims, beginning from Monday.
About 90 people who had sought shelter from heavy rains at a petrol station in the country’s capital died week, when an explosion occured.
Dozens of others were also reportedly drowned in different parts of Accra, following two days of heavy rains.
The president described the death toll as catastrophic, promising the government would embark on measures to prevent a re-occurrence.
Eyewitnesses said the death toll was high because the flooding washed diesel and petrol from the gas station as a fire from a nearby house started the fire that caused the explosion.
Officials at some of the hospitals in the capital said the capacity of their morgues had reached its limits.
President Mahama has also announced a $12 million dollar recovery fund for the disaster.
Meanwhile, death toll in the gas station explosion has risen to 202.