President Mahama Announces 3-days of National Mourning & 60 Million GH. Cedis to Support Flood Victims

| Updated Feb 06, 2017 at 4:00pm


President Mahama chairs National Crisis and Emergency Meeting


President Mahama chairs National Crisis and Emergency Meeting
The government of Ghana has declared three days of national mourning for those who lost their lives in Wednesday’s flood and the fire disasters in Accra.

The President, John Mahama, has directed that the 3-days mourning will start on Monday June 8, 2015, to Wednesday June 10. He has also directed that the National Flag must fly at half-mast for the mourning period.

The move follows a crisis meeting held at the flagstaff House in Accra.

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 were gathered in front of a Pharmacy Shop near the Filling Station seeking shelter for protection until the rains will subside, but met their untimely deaths.

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.

The blast affected some 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.

President Mahama also directed NADMO to establish emergency centers across the country.

According to president Mahama, government has released an amount of GH¢60 million to support victims affected by flooding in the country.