Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ghana: DNA test for identification of June 3 disaster victims begin

Family members of those who died in the June 3 flood and fire disaster have begun identifying their relatives through DNA tests.

Out of 72 bodies sent to the Police Hospital morgue, 50 of them have been identified.

President John Mahama announced last week that families whose relatives have been charred beyond recognition in the June 3 disaster should bring DNA to the hospital for the tests to be conducted.

Even families who have the bodies of their relatives quite intact are also being made to go through the DNA testing to ensure that bodies are handed over to the right families.

Already, three bodies have had to be exhumed after three separate families claimed ownership of them.

It is estimated that 152 people lost their lives through the disaster which was caused by floods after a 5-hour downpour and a subsequent explosion at a GOIL fuel station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

Some family members who spoke to Joy News' Naa Dedei Tettey said samples were taken through mouth swaps for the tests.

The President has set aside a Ȼ50,000 fund to support the victims and their families.

Management of GOIL has also set aside Ȼ60,000 to be used to cater for the victims and their families.

President Mahama has ordered that those affected by the floods be treated free of charge. Those who have made any payments for treatment at the hospital would have their monies refunded.

Wednesday 17 June 2015


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