At least 200 people died in the explosion at a gas station last week in Ghana, the emergency services department announced as many people were still searching for missing relatives. Flooding from torrential rains caused the fuel depot at a gas station to catch fire, killing those who had taken shelter there on Wednesday as well as many in the surrounding neighborhood.
The disaster spotlighted shortcomings in the capital’s infrastructure. Three days of mourning were declared starting Monday and in two days a memorial service will be held for the victims. But for many residents searching through the hospitals and morgues of the city, they weren’t even sure if their missing relatives were dead or just being treated.
“I have been to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and found nothing that looked like my cousin. I have followed up to the 37 Military Hospital and Police Hospital only to be disappointed,” said Philip Dogbe. Others hoped against all odds that even five days later, their missing loved ones would turn up in a hospital ward or just come wandering back home. “I am only hoping that my brother is in one of the hospitals that l have yet to visit, being treated with burns. I am hoping he will come home,” said Richard Allotey.