President John Mahama says practical steps must and will be taken to ensure that Wednesday’s disastrous floods and their attendant deaths does not occur again.
The practice of building in watercourses, he said, is largely to blame for the flooding situation in Accra and must be checked.
The president said this when he toured the burnt Goil filling station near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
Close to a hundred people died in an explosion at the fuel station.
Many of the victims were seeking refuge there after floods resulting from hours of rain submerged large parts of the capital.
The president visited the ravaged Kwame Nkrumah Circle and stopped at the Goil filling station which has been reduced to ashes.
There were charred bodies, burnt vehicles, blood mixed with fuel residue in a chaotic scene everywhere.
He was there with the Mayor of Accra and the Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Nii Armah Ashittey.
“A lot of people have lost their lives, many of them through the floods and very many of them through the fire at the filling station,” the President said.
“We have to take some measures to deal with this but a lot of times when the steps are drastic, you have people expressing sympathy,” he stated
“We must sit down and strategise to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” President Mahama assured.
He his condolences to families that have lost relatives in the disaster and said it was a difficult moment for the country.
Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, said residents of the capital should not come to the central parts of the city unless it is absolutely necessary.
Massive floods have ravaged the entire city, leaving in their wake a devastation that has shocked the nation.
The centre of the disaster is the Goil filling adjacent the GCB Bank at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
It is believed that the underground tankers leaked as a result of the massive floods.
Residents around the area said they could smell fuel all around them and some moved out of their homes to higher grounds.
It transpired that the first layer of the sea of brown water that engulfed the immediate vicinity of the fuel station was fuel waiting for a spark and the spark came 300 meters away.
A resident of a house 300 meters away from the station is reported to have made fire.
The fire accidentally caught up with leaked fuel on flood waters.
In a matter of seconds, the fire had traced its way to the filling state, the fuel spread on the flood waters providing the means for this.
A loud explosion with disastrous consequences occurred trapping many in buses, private vehicles, homes and shops.
Passengers in commercial vehicles waiting to be taken to their destinations, other commuters seeking refuge in shops all were burnt.
The fuel station is now a scene of chard bodies, skeleton vehicles and a mixture of blood, mud and debris.
The flood waters have now receded but the scale of the devastation they caused it all too visible.