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Ghana Gas Station Blaze Leaves 96 Dead as Floods Cut Power

Ekow Dontoh, Andres R Martinez | Bloomberg NEws   in 
June 4, 2015

An explosion at a gasoline station in Ghana’s capital killed at least 96 people seeking shelter from floods that knocked out power across the coastal city.

The fire department is still working to remove bodies from the station near Nkrumah Circle in central Accra, Citi FM radio reported. President John Dramani Mahama visited the scene of the blaze.

“The loss of life is catastrophic and almost unprecedented,” he said. “We will have to take some measures to avoid this from happening in the future.”

The capital of the world’s second-largest cocoa producer struggles with floods every year because of a lack of drainage canals and sewers to divert rainwater. Standing pools of water have led to regular outbreaks of waterborne diseases, including cholera. The city reported the most cholera cases in more than two decades last year.

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