Dozens killed in Ghana petrol station explosion killed in Ghana petrol station explosion

More than 100 people have died after an explosion sent flames coursing through a gas station in the center of Accra, the Ghanaian capital, officials said on Thursday.

The explosion occurred Wednesday night while the station was packed with residents seeking shelter from knee-high water caused by days of torrential rain that flooded much of the city, officials said.

President John Mahama is currently at the burnt Goil filling station, together with the Mayor of Accra and the Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Nii Armah Ashittey assessing the situation.

By Thursday morning, 108 bodies had been counted according to city Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije

Ghanaian news outlets reported that the flooding had impeded rescue workers, and that ambulances had been late to arrive at the scene.

Early Thursday morning, two vans packed with charred bodies left for the morgue, but a military hospital reported that the morgue was at capacity and could not take any more of the dead.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established.

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