Ghana's president says at least 150 dead after gas station explosion in capital

A Ghana gas station explosion kills dozens of people who took shelter amid torrential rains and flooding

Ghana's president says the death toll from a gas station explosion in the capital and widespread flooding has increased to 150 people.

John Dramani Mahama told journalists Thursday evening that the country would observe three days of mourning for the victims and that the government would allocate about $12 million for relief operations and to repair damaged infrastructure.

Officials said the explosion occurred after flooding swept fuel from the gas station into a nearby fire.

The blast took place as dozens of people sought shelter at the gas station from torrential rain.

The deaths are likely to intensify criticism of the government's failure to improve the country's infrastructure. Though the downpours this week have been especially bad, heavy rains in June are not unusual — yet drainage systems in Accra remain inadequate.

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UPDATE

1:30 p.m.: This article has been updated with new death count and additional details.

1:34 a.m.: This article has been updated throughout with additional details.

This article was originally published at 1:01 a.m.

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