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Jun 8, 2015

Ghanaians Begin Mourning, Buhari, Zuma Send Messages

Accra — Ghanaians on Monday begin a three - day national mourning for victims of last Wednesday twin fire and flood disaster as messages of condolence have been pouring in from African leaders.

Some of the leaders, who have commiserated with their Ghanaian brothers over the tragedy are the Nigerian President, General Mohammadu Buhari (RTD) and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

President Buhari, in a message by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said Nigeria would stand by Ghana at this period of grief and loss.

"In this moment of grief and loss, the government of Nigeria stands with the government and people of Ghana," Buhari affirmed.

The Nigerian President, who described Wednesday's tragedy in Accra, as painful and regrettable, noted that the flood was a reminder to leaders of governments in the sub region of their responsibilities amidst global warming and others.

Buhari prayed that the souls of the victims rest in peace and that the families of the deceased have the strength to bear their irreparable loss. The South AfricanPresident, Mr. Jacob Zuma also in a statement consoled the government and people of Ghana over Wednesday's calamity.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Ghana in the aftermath of the catastrophic explosion and the torrential rain that overwhelmed and devastated the people of Ghana.

"On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, I send my deepest condolences to the government of Ghana and to everyone affected, particularly to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the unprecedented explosion in the petrol station," Zuma declared in a statement.

The South African President further said the department of International Relations said the South African High Commission in Ghana was in contact with authorities in Ghana and on standby to assist any South African identified.

Meanwhile President John Mahama on Friday declared a three-day national mourning beginning from today, for the victims of the fire and flood disaster in Accra.