Saturday, 6 June 2015

Accra floods and fire disaster: Identification of the dead begins

Relatives and friends of people who died in the flood and fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle have trooped to various hospitals in Accra to identify their loved ones.

According to reports, there are long queues at 37 Military hospital and Police hospital in Accra as relatives make desperate attempt to find missing relations nearly 48 hours after the incident.

Joy News’ Kwakye Afreh-Nuamah who went to the military hospital reported that most people could not identify their loved ones at the morgue.

“Most of the bodies have been reduced to ashes so only a DNA test will help family members identify their corpse,” he noted.

A distraught man whose sister reportedly drowned in the flood said all efforts to identify the body have proven futile.

He said his late sister who works at the Ministry of Education was going home in a pickup vehicle which was carried away by the floods.

Another man who spoke to Joy News said his friend was part of those who got burnt at the Goil filing station but he has not been able to identify the body.

126 dead bodies from Filling Station disaster sent to three hospitals

The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the 37th Military and the Police Hospitals have so far received 126 dead bodies from the Wednesday, June 3, Goil Fuel Filling Station disaster at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

The breakdown at the various hospitals is as follows: Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 3; the 37th Military Hospital, 66; and the Police Hospital, 57.

Mr Mustapha Salifu, the Head of the Public Relations Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said 15 victims of the disaster were brought to the hospital of which three died through their injuries.

He said six were treated and discharged while another six are on admission; of which four are in critical condition.

He said one of the four in a critical state is yet to be identified.

At the 37th Military Hospital, Major Evelyn Ntiamoah Asamoah, Deputy Director, Public Relations in-charge of Protocol, said the Hospital recorded 46 admissions.

She said 17 persons have been treated and discharged, while 29 are on admission, with four in the intensive care unit.

Police Corporal Faustina Afia Nunekpeku, Public Relations Coordinator, Police Hospital, said the corpses comprised 31 men, 21 women and five children.

She said so far 30 bodies have been identified.

Cpl Nunekpeku said five people are on admission, while five others have been treated and discharged.

Saturday 6 June 2015


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