Government condoles the loss of lives in Ghana

GhanaThe Government said it was deeply saddened by the tragic deaths that occurred as a result of a fire that erupted in a petrol station in Accra at a time when the people of Ghana were already traumatized and trying to cope with torrential rain and floods.

A Foreign Ministry statement said that Sri Lanka offers its condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this difficult time. We assure the Government and the people of Ghana, Sri Lanka’s firm solidarity at this time of national mourning,” the statement said.

CNN reported that the explosion killed 150 people after it hit a gas station crowded with residents seeking shelter from heavy rains.

The death toll from the Wednesday night blast in Accra is expected to go up, President John Mahama said Friday.

The explosion occurred as hundreds huddled under the cover of the gas station and nearby shops to stay dry. A leak at the station sparked the explosion, which spread to a pharmacy and other nearby businesses, Mahama said in a statement.