Dozens killed in Ghana explosion


Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by The News Editor

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At least 73 people have been killed in an explosion at a fuel station in Ghana’s capital, authorities say.

Billy Anaglate, a spokesman for Ghana Fire Service, said crews are still recovering bodies at the scene in Accra.

The cause of the overnight explosion is not yet known but neighbours said many people had taken shelter at the station amid torrential rain and flooding.

Michael Plange, who lives a few blocks away, said many people were under a shed at the time of the explosion and were trapped.

The explosion occurred near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, in the centre of Accra.

Graphic footage aired on national television showed bodies being piled into the back of a pick-up truck and other charred remains trapped amid the debris.

Neighbouring buildings that had caught fire burned into the night as floodwaters around the site hampered recovery efforts.

Police public affairs officer Cephas Arthur told the public to stay away from the scene.

“We must allow the Fire Service and National Disaster Management Organisation to work to find trapped bodies at the scene of the explosion,” he said.

State radio reported that Accra and other cities across the country have been flooded.

Published: Thursday 4th June 2015 by The News Editor

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