Floods: Ghana’s President declares 3 days of mourning

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President John Mahama has declared three days of national mourning of

some 200 citizens who lost their lives in an explosionand deadly

floods in the capital, Accra.

The government has also released GH¢60 million provide relief to the

victims and their families.

A twin fire and flood disaster Wednesday night left some two hundred

Ghanaians dead.

Many houses were downed; properties destroyed and washed away by

torrents of rain that fell for well over three hours.

The floods are said to be the most serious, even worse than the June

4, 1995 flood disaster which also wreaked havoc on the country.

What made Wednesday night's storm even worse was a fire outbreak at

the Goil Filling Station close to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

Hundreds of people, majority of whom were seeking refuge from the

torrential rain suffered a tragicfate when the blast occurred.

Their charred bodies were scattered around the area with the level of

destruction all too visible.

President John Mahama who visited the scene of the fire described the

disaster as catastrophic and unprecedented.

He quickly called a meeting of security chiefs and disaster management

experts to fashion a strategy to ameliorate the impact of the


President John Mahama told the press shortly after the national

security council meeting, Thursday rescue operation will continue to

the weekend.

"Such rescue operations will continue until the weekend, Sunday. On

Monday, we will observe three days of National mourning for the

victims of the fire disaster and the flooding. Flags will fly at

half-mast from Monday for three days," he said.

Credit: Myjoyonline.com

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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