President John Mahama has declared three days of national mourning in honour of the victims of Wednesday’s twin fire and flood disaster that gripped the nation’s capital, Accra.
He also announced the release of GH¢60 million to provide emergency relief to the victims and their families.
As it rained heavily in Accra on Wednesday evening, scores of people who were seeking refuge at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Goil fuel station and nearby houses and shops were burnt to death in a terrifying fire outbreak when an explosion occurred at the station.
Their charred bodies were scattered all around the area with many houses and properties destroyed and washed away by the torrential of rains that fell for many hours.
President John Mahama who toured the scene described the disaster as catastrophic and unprecedented and quickly summoned a meeting of security capos and disaster management experts to develop strategies to reduce the impact of the catastrophe.
The President told pressmen shortly after the emergency crisis meeting that, the rescue operations will continue throughout the weekend followed by 3 days of national mourning.
“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.