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Ghana 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 correspondent says.

A further 25 people have died in the floods, officials say.

President Mahama visited the burnt-out gas station and described the deaths as "catastrophic" and "almost unprecedented".

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 the explosion",