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Explosion in Ghana kills scores of people seeking shelter from rains

An explosion at a gas station in Ghana’s capital Accra overnight killed more than 100 people, officials said Thursday.

People were seeking shelter at the gas station from torrential rains. The explosion was caused by a fire at a nearby truck terminal that spread to the gas station and other buildings.

“The area looked like a fire disaster zone. Everything has been burnt down,” Mayor of Accra Alfred Oko Vanderpuije told the New York Times.

The search for bodies continued into Thursday afternoon. Flooding was hindering recovery efforts.

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