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Ghana Petrol Station Death Toll Rises to 150, as Accra Struggles to Cope with Flooding



2015-06-05 11.33.52On Thursday, it was reported that an explosion at a petrol station in Accra, Ghana, had left at least 7o people dead.

However, recent reports state that the death toll has risen to 150, as Accra continues to struggle with coping with the dire flooding situation.

Although the exact cause of the explosion is still unknown, it has been linked with the flooding caused by the heavy rain, as the deceased sought shelter at the station.

According to The Independent, floodwaters around the station after the explosion hampered rescue and recovery efforts. Some neighbouring buildings also caught fire and were burned down completely, as a result.

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The report further states:

Local media source suggest there was little preparation for a “worst case scenario” for bad weather, despite Accra’s vulnerability to flooding.

One man told a local radio station that he had put his children on top of a wardrobe to get them away from the water coming into his home.

The BBC reported that President John Mahama visited the burnt-out petrol station and appealed for calm as authorities tried to cope with the aftermath of the fire and the flooding.

Weather predictions suggest that Accra will be hit with more heavy rain over the course of the next few days.

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  1. Bleed Blue

    June 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Hey BN, proofreading time. You know me na 😉

    Last line before 2nd picture: and we (were) burnt down as a result. Abeg let them not say it’s BN that burnt oh.

    Having said that, my heart bleeds like crazy when I see the pictures that have been making the rounds. It’s just too sad! 🙁

  2. Bisi

    June 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm


  3. goodiebagman

    June 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    My People, Our thoughts are with you. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.

    • Young and Confused

      June 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      May their souls rest in perfect peace. Amen.

    • Bruness

      June 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm


  4. Moyo

    June 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I hope our government is taking note, we need to ensure that our states near the ccoastline are protected during this rainy season against flooding

  5. Rolly

    June 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    How can ONE city experience fire AND floods at the same time. This is too sad.

  6. Ammagh

    June 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    We need prayers at this moment. A country which went to sleep and woke up with bad news. Bodies burnt and floating. I couldn’t work yesterday as images kept flashing through my mind. the affected also need relief items and encouragement. Sometimes we all realize there is more to life than life itself. Nyame nhyira mo.


    June 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm


  8. tunmi

    June 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Oh no. And here I was thinking Africa is lucky we don’t have natural disasters. Most of our problems are man-made.

  9. sophia

    June 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    God rest their souls & may such never befall our dear Africa again….Amen

  10. Tosin

    June 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    what is all this?

    and you know Naija has been flirting with disaster for over a month and God has just been merciful. all this petrol on okada, petrol in the bus, leaking, market women shifting into petrol business, kerosene, fuel stations in residential zones, flood when it rains for ten minutes, … and we’re still here. mennn.

  11. le coco

    June 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    this is horrible… may the departed RIP…

  12. JK

    June 5, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my! What is going on in Ghana?!

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