The explosion in Accra kills dozens who had sought shelter from torrential rains. Diane Hodges reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES THIS STORY CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3. AUDIO IN SECOND SOUNDBITE AS INCOMING A scene of devastation. Charred bodies and the wrecked remains of cars and buses left behind after an explosion at a city gas station. Anguished relatives search for any sign of their loved ones. For most the search leads nowhere. The blast was caused by a fire that broke out in a nearby truck terminal and quickly spread. Many of those killed had come to escape from the torrential rains that have flooded homes and streets across the city. Some never had a chance to escape from their cars. Ghana's president, John Mahama, offered condolences to the familes of those who died. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENT OF GHANA, JOHN MAHAMA, SAYING: "I mean, this loss of life is catastrophic, almost unprecedented." He also commended those who worked hard to save the victims of the disaster. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PRESIDENT OF GHANA, JOHN MAHAMA, SAYING: "Many of them have not had any sleep, they were closely monitoring what was happening. In the meantime, crews continue their work to remove and identify the bodies of the victims of this disaster.