At least 70 people were killed in Accra, Ghana, following an explosion at a petrol station, according to national fire brigade as reported by Al Jazeera.
About a dozen people were reportedly taken to hospital after the blast, which is believed to have been an accident triggered by the torrential rains, Prince Billy Anaglate, the fire brigade’s spokesman said.
Al Jazeera’s Ama Boateng, reporting from Accra, also confirmed that the city and the rest of Ghana have been experiencing torrential rains.
“This is a very busy area of Accra. Lots of people. Lots of car traffic. And because of the heavy rains people gathered at this gas station to seek shelter and this explosion happened,” said Al Jazeera correspondent, Boateng.