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Accra floods: Three days of national mourning begins today

Ghana will today, Monday June 8, 2015 begin a 3-day national mourning for victims of the June 4 rain and fire disasters that hit the country’s capital, Accra.

The national flag will also fly at half-mast as directed by President John Mahama.

More than 150 people have been confirmed dead following an explosion at a GOIL fuel station at the Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra after several hours of a heavy downpour which also flooded the capital.

The government has announced a GHc50 million relief package for the victims as search and rescue operations continue.

Disaster centers have also been established across the capital.

Reports say the government has also taken responsibility for the medical bills of all those affected in the disaster.

Meanwhile, the Council of State has asked Ghanaians to stop the blame game over who is responsible for the disaster.

“In these heart rending moments of unimaginable pain and distress, the Council wishes to express its deepest condolences to the bereaved families, the families of those who still remain unaccounted for and other victims who have suffered loss of property and remain traumatized by the unfortunate development,” the Council said in a statement.


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