Over 70 die as floods spark blast

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Flooding in Ghana’s capital has swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a fuel station that killed 73 people.

The explosion took place as dozens sought shelter in the fuel station and nearby shops in central Accra to escape torrential rains.

The flooding “caused the diesel and petrol to flow away from the station and a fire from a nearby house led to the explosion”, said Billy Anaglate, spokesman for Ghana’s national fire service.

Emergency crews were still collecting bodies and officials at the nearby 37 Military Hospital said its mortuary had reached capacity. “Many people took shelter under a shed at the station during a severe rain across the country and got trapped when the explosion happened,” Michael Plange, who lives a few blocks away, said.