More than 200 bodies have been recovered from floods and explosion in Accra. Many drowned in a severe flood in the city on the night of Wednesday June 3, 2015, after several hours of tropical rainfall.
The areas affected most were the low-lying areas along the Odaw River channel, including parts of Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Avenor and Alajo.
Strong flood waters swept cars and trucks into open storm drains that run through Nima and Kokomlemle suburbs.
Then, there was a huge explosion that killed scores of people sheltering from the heavy rain and floods, under canopy at a fuel station owned by Ghana Oil Company, near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
Spokesman for the Ghana National Fire Service, Billy Anaglate has said that preliminary investigation indicates that flood waters may have sank into underground fuel storage tanks and displaced some fuel which got ignited by open fire about 100 metres from the station; then the flames burned the spilt fuel back to the tank to cause the explosion. The oil company has protested the statement made by the Fire Service spokesman.
President John Mahama, the mayor of Accra, Dr. Okoe Vanderpuije and other government officials have visited the disaster scenes. Presidential candidate of opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo also visited the scene of the explosion Thursday.
Families have posted photos of their missing loved ones on social networks for help to find them.
Residents in the neighbourhoods affected by the floods continue to salvage property, days after the disasters.
*Accra was admitted member of the 100 Resilient Cities in December 2014.