Death toll up after Ghana petrol station explosion

2015-06-05 05:49
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Accra - Ghana's president says the death toll from a petrol station explosion in the capital and widespread flooding has increased to 150 people.

John Dramani Mahama told journalists on Thursday evening that the country would observe three days of mourning for the victims and that the government would allocate about $12m for relief operations and to repair damaged infrastructure.

Officials said the explosion occurred after flooding swept fuel from the petrol station into a nearby fire.

The blast took place as dozens of people sought shelter at the petrol station from torrential rain.

The deaths are likely to intensify criticism of the government's failure to improve the country's infrastructure. Though the downpours this week have been especially bad, heavy rains in June are not unusual - yet drainage systems in Accra remain inadequate.

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