Accra floods: Mahama holds crisis meeting at Flagstaff House


President John Mahama has convened an emergency meeting at the Flagstaff House over the fire and rain disasters that have afflicted the nation.

It is unclear which government officials have been invited for the meeting.

The President, Thursday morning, visited the Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra to commiserate with bereaved families of the devastation.

A visibly disturbed Mahama said the time has come for government to have the political will to demolish illegal structures without fear or favour.

‘We have to take some measures to avoid this in the future. Often when these measures are drastic, you have a lot of sympathy and pressure not to take these measures. But I think the time has come for us to move houses out of the waterways. The public should understand that it is necessary to take such measures to save everybody else,’ Mahama told the media at the scene.

A heavy downpour in Accra claimed over 190 lives as a GOIL Fuel Station exploded at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. There was a loud explosion at the GOIL Fuel Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle adjacent the GCB Towers during the torrential rains. Hundreds of workers had gathered in front of a Pharmacy Shop near the Filling Station for protection until the rains will subside, but met their untimely deaths after the explosion.

Several people were trapped indoors since the streets were flooded while the fire spread to where they were seeking refuge following a fuel leakage which covered the water.

Dozens of passengers in commercial vehicles as well as private cars which had gone to buy fuel as well as park for safety at the time of the flood, were also trapped and died subsequently during the explosion.


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