Goil Filling Station Fire
Goil Filling Station Fire

The death toll in the petrol station explosion and flood in Ghana’s capital Accra has risen to over 200, according to figures from the interior ministry Thursday.

Goil Filling Station Fire
Goil Filling Station Fire

The inferno followed hours of heavy downpour in Accra that led to power outages in several communities.
Most of the dead bodies had been deposited at the 37 Military Hospital where 35 survivors are undergoing treatment.
It is still not clear what triggered the fire at the gas station operated by Ghana’s state oil company GOIL.
Eyewitnesses told Xinhua that the blast was a result of petrol spillage on the surface of the flooding water, which sparked fire from a nearby trading center.
Many victims were taking shelter at the station from days of heavy downpours that have triggered widespread flooding and paralyzed public transport in the city, said the witnesses.
Emergency response personnel are still working at the scene to retrieve any bodies buried under the debris of the station.
Photo taken on June 4, 2015 shows the wreck of a vehicle after a fuel station explosion in Accra, capital of Ghana. 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)
Photo taken on June 4, 2015 shows the wreck of a vehicle after a fuel station explosion in Accra, capital of Ghana. 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)

On Thursday morning, President John Dramani Mahama expressed his condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives in the fire, describing the number of deaths reported in the fire and floods as catastrophic and almost unprecedented.
Interior Minister Mark Woyongo has called Wednesday’s incident a national disaster.
A national emergency security meeting is underway since Thursday afternoon, to strategise to prevent such disasters in future.
Authorities of the 37 Military Hospital where a large number of the deceased were sent have asked families to come to the hospital to identify their relatives.
Meanwhile, the Christian Council of Ghana is calling on its member churches to mobilize the youth in their churches to donate blood to the hospitals handling the fire and flood patients.
The call follows an appeal by the health minister for well- meaning Ghanaians to donate blood to victims of the two-day heavy rains.
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)

President Mahama has convened an emergency meeting at the Flagstaff House over the fire and rain disasters that have afflicted the nation. Enditem

-Xinhua

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