Vice President Dr Mahamaudu Bawumia is to visit the Atomic Junction area in Accra where explosions and fire have so far left six people dead and several others injured.
Dr Bawumia had to cut short a tour with President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in the Northern Region to return to Accra in order visit the scene of the disaster to assess the gravity of the gas explosions.
A leakage of gas from one of two gas fuel stations in the enclave around the Atomic Junction reportedly triggered fire, which extended to an adjoining Total Filling Station causing two explosions that sent fireballs into the skies.
Hundreds of passengers, traders and residents in and around the Atomic Junction area fled their homes and workplaces for safety as the explosions lit the skies and caused severe heat waves.
Electricity supply to most part of the area was cut off as some transformers were affected. Most parts of Accra have since Sunday dawn also gone off but it is not clear whether that is related to the explosion.
Deaths and injuries
Amidst the chaos, speeding vehicles, which were also trying to flee the scene, reportedly knocked down some people who were escaping from the scene. Some of the affected are said to have died while others have been injured.
Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglate, confirmed on to TV3 a while ago that three persons died on the spot Saturday while three others died from injuries in hospital, bringing the death toll to six.
A total of 35 people are also injured with three of them currently in intensive care.
Ahead of the Vice President’s visit, a number of government officials including MPs as well as military and police personnel thronged the scene of the disaster where Fire Service personnel and NADMO officials were assessing the situation.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana