Today, June 3, 2016 marks a year that the Goil filling station and flood tragedy took place at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra with over 300 people directly affected.
The 2015 Accra floods resulted from heavy continuous rainfall in Accra, the largest city in Ghana. The rain started on 1 June 2015. The floods have resulted in heavy traffic on the roads in the city and also a halt in commercial activities as markets were flooded and workers trapped. Mayor of Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije described the flooding as critical. At least 25 people have died from the flooding directly, while a petrol station explosion caused by the flooding killed at least 200 more people.
On June 3, 2015, a GOIL fuel station near Kwame Nkrumah Interchange was burnt with people and vehicles in the vicinity. The fire also burnt a Forex Bureau and Pharmacy nearby. Over 200 people are feared dead and bodies have been moved to the 37 Military Hospital. The hospital later announced they are unable to hold more bodies. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. On 4 June 2015 the Mayor of Accra Alfred Vanderpuije, Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey, Nii Armah Ashitey and President John Mahama visited the scene.
Daily Graphic reports that, according to a drainage engineer, Mr Wise Ametefe, the floods were experienced because there were inadequate water channels in the Accra metropolis which made it impossible for flood water to flow freely.
On the cause of the fire, also a five-member committee was set up by the government to investigate the causes of the fire disaster. The report said the fire was ignited by one Seth Kwesi Ofosu, who did not dispose of properly the butt of a cigarette he was smoking. The remote cause, however, was the fact that there was a leakage of the fuel tanks at the filling station due to the flood and the fuel had mixed up with the flood water.
Below is an aerial drone footage of the June 3rd 2015 Fire and Flood Disaster in Accra made available to GhanaGist.Com by Skybyyrd Media; a US/Ghana based Production Company.
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