Ghana flood damage estimated at more than $100m

2015-06-13 21:02
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Accra - Ghana's president says flooding earlier this month that led to a huge explosion at a gas station in the capital caused over $100m in damages.

Speaking with journalists on Friday night, John Dramani Mahama said the "conservative figure" was an estimate.

He said a final report on the June 3 disaster that killed at least 160 people was still being prepared.

Officials have said the blast occurred after flooding swept fuel being stored at the gas station into a nearby fire.

Mahama said many of the 36 000 people affected by the flooding have been unable to return to their homes.

The deaths highlight Ghana's need for a modern drainage system, Mahama said, adding that a ban on drain-clogging plastic bags is under consideration.

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