Thursday 4 June 2015

Ghana Petrol Station Blast Kills 73 People

At least 73 people have been killed in an explosion at a petrol station in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, local authorities say.
The blast was caused by flooding sweeping stored fuel into a nearby fire, according to an official, with some reports saying the accident in the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area may have spread from a nearby home or lorry terminal.

Michael Plange, who lives nearby, said many of those killed had taken shelter under a shed at the station because of two days of torrential rain that has left many parts of the city submerged and people stranded.
Emergency workers, soldiers and police were recovering bodies from the scene, with graphic footage on national television showing corpses being piled onto the back of a truck, with charred bodies trapped in the wreckage.
Billy Anaglate, a spokesman for Ghana Fire Service, said: "We are still trying to salvage the site of the accident before we can come out with an accurate figure."

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