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Jun 9, 2015

Memorial Service held at Flagstaff House to begin three days of National Mourning


A memorial service to begin in the three days of national mourning for more than 150 people who died in last Wednesday’s floods and Goil filling station explosion has been held at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur accompanied by his wife Matilda, led the government delegation. Members of the diplomatic corps, heads of the security agencies, chairmen of NDC, PNC, and NPP, Kofi Portuphy, Ahmed Ramadan and Paul Afoko as well as the clergy were present.

A minute silence was observed for the departed souls and their families.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah encourages all Ghanaians and the public to wear black or red arm bands and clothing to mourn with the families of the victims of the disaster.

It adds that the three day mourning will end on Wednesday with a memorial service for the departed near the site of the fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to be attended by President John Dramani Mahama.

It says as people go about their work and other duties during the three days, they should remember the victims and pray for their souls and for strength and comfort for their families and friends.

The statement noted that government has taken responsibility for the hospital bills of all victims of the flood and fire as directed by the President.

In addition, water, food and non-food items have been distributed to affected persons and communities.

The food items include bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, canned fish, tins of milk, sugar, tea bags, tomato paste, noodles.

While the non-food items distributed include blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, mosquito coils, clothing, buckets, bowls and basins.

Government commends individuals and corporate organisations that have provided forms of support to help with the relief efforts.

It encouraged persons and organisations with donations to send them to the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, near the Teachers Hall in Accra. – GBC