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General News of Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Audio: June 3 disaster – MMDAs defy Mahama’s orders

On Friday, June 3, 2016 Ghana will commemorate the first anniversary of the June 3 fire and flood disasters which consumed over 150 lives.

The GOIL Fuel Station at the Nkrumah Circle caught fire during a heavy downpour, leading to the death of bystanders who had closed from work and seeking shelter at nearby shops. President John Mahama described that ‘Black Wednesday’ as “catastrophic and unprecedented” instructing the various assemblies to pull down buildings on water ways to save lives and property.

Mahama gave the instruction when he visited the scene of the GOIL filling station which is now referred to as ‘Ground Zero’ after it exploded.

Many assembly swung into action to pull down buildings immediately after the disaster in compliance with the Presidential order. But Starr News checks have revealed that this was just a flash in the pan.

In this report, Starr News’ Josephine Asabea Akonor assesses the situation and takes us down memory lane as we prepare towards tomorrow’s Starr Summit to track progress made after the disaster.