Deadly gas explosions shake Ghana's capital

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A major gas explosion hit Accra, Ghana's capital city, leaving at least three people dead and more around 35 injured.

In May, an explosion at a factory in the port city of Takoradi occurred as a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum gas at the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company factory.

While expressing his deepest condolences to bereaved families of last Saturday night's explosion via his twitter handle, the president said he had dispatched his Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to the tragedy scene on Sunday morning.

"Currently an overnight police and emergency service providers have cordon off the entire place and managed to subdue the fire within about the first 3 hours".

The explosion which happened at Atomic junction, which set the petrol station on fire, despite the heavy rain as at the time.

Multiple fire trucks and several ambulances responded to the blast. "There are quite a number also injured".

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"A lot of people quickly rushed away, which is what saved a lot of lives but also caused a lot of panic", he told AFP.

Media captionFootage from the explosion in Ghana.

Many of those evacuated were students at the University of Ghana, which is sited in the area.

Reports suggest a tanker delivering natural gas caught fire.

Proposals include siting filling stations at least 50 metres from homes and 100 metres from schools and hospitals.

"These deaths could have easily been prevented, so let's prevent them from ever occurring again in the future".

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