hosts national memorial service for victims of deadly fire
The government of Ghana has held a national
memorialservice for victims of the deadly gas station explosion in
Accra, the capital city, in which some 150 people died.
The fire on on June 3, 2015 started as
people in the city were trying to cope with two days of heavy rain,
which has left many homeless and without power.
The flooding hampered rescue efforts and may
have led to the fire,
President John Dramani Mahama announced
three days of national mourning.
It is thought that people were in the gas
station sheltering from the downpours when the fire broke out, our
A further 25 people have died in the floods,
President Mahama visited the burnt-out
gas station and described the deaths as "catastrophic" and
He vowed to take tough measures to stop
people building on waterways, which appeared to have been a factor
in the disaster.
"I think that the time has come for us to
remove houses out of water and the public should understand that it
is necessary to save everybody else," he said.
Following an emergency meeting of cabinet
and security chiefs on how to tackle flooding, the government says
it will release $14m to help flood victims.
Schools were closed across the capital and
children asked to stay at home
The flooding helped cause the fire, the
Ghana fire service said.
The waters "caused the diesel and petrol to
flow away from the gas station, and fire from a nearby house led to