A victim's relative mourns at the site of explosion of a fuel station in Accra, Ghana, June 4, 2015. Over 96 people have been killed in an explosion at a fuel station in downtown of Ghana's capital Accra on Thursday, official of the fire service confirmed. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei) (djj)
A victim's relative mourns at the site of explosion of a fuel station in Accra, Ghana, June 4, 2015. Over 96 people have been killed in an explosion at a fuel station in downtown of Ghana's capital Accra on Thursday, official of the fire service confirmed. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei) (djj)

Ghana on Monday started observing three-days of national mourning for people who lost their lives through flood and fire disasters in the capital.

A Rescue worker carries the body of a three-year-old victim that was killed after a fuel station explosion in Accra, capital of Ghana, June 4, 2015.Over 96 people were killed in a fuel station explosion in Accra, official of the fire service confirmed. Prince Billy Anaglatey, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) said the agency retrieved the bodies from the debris of the Goil filling station located at the circle on Wednesday night. A large number of the victims were seeking refuge at the fuel station after a heavy downpour when the explosion occurred. Many parts of Accra were completely submerged after several hours of torrential rains on Wednesday night leaving many roads impassable and residents homeless. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)
A Rescue worker carries the body of a three-year-old victim that was killed after a fuel station explosion in Accra, capital of Ghana, June 4, 2015.Over 96 people were killed in a fuel station explosion in Accra, official of the fire service confirmed. Prince Billy Anaglatey, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) said the agency retrieved the bodies from the debris of the Goil filling station located at the circle on Wednesday night. A large number of the victims were seeking refuge at the fuel station after a heavy downpour when the explosion occurred. Many parts of Accra were completely submerged after several hours of torrential rains on Wednesday night leaving many roads impassable and residents homeless. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)
The double disaster claimed over 200 lives and destroyed properties worth millions of U.S. dollars last Wednesday.

The inferno followed hours of prolonged downpour that led to power outages in several communities.
A large number of the victims were believed to be taking shelter at a fuel station in Accra to escape the downpour when an explosion occurred.

Hundreds more also sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Accra.

President John Dramani Mahama announced the three-day national mourning after a crisis meeting of the national Security Council moments after the incident.

Flags are flying at half mast across the country till Wednesday and government is encouraging Ghanaians to wear black attire and red armbands during the period.

The three-day mourning will end on Wednesday with a memorial service for the departed near the site of the fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to be attended by President Mahama.

“As we go about our work and duties during the three days, let us remember the victims and pray for their souls and pray for the strength and comfort for their families and friends,” Edward Omane- Boamah, Minister of Communications, said in a statement.

The government has released an amount of 50 million cedis (15 million U.S. dollars) to support victims affected by the flood and explosion.

President Mahama said after visiting the accident scene that drastic steps were necessary if the country was to permanently address this perennial flooding problem.

“We will intensify efforts to expand and modernize our drainage system,” he said, requesting the “understanding and cooperation of Ghanaians to set right what has been wrong with us for far too long”. Enditem

–Xinhua

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