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Ghana: 400 gas stations sited within residential areas (Video)


A Deputy Ministry of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said about 400 gas stations are located in residential areas across the country.

He made the revelations following the Atomic Junction gas explosion, which occurred on Saturday night.

Seven persons have been confirmed dead, while 132 sustained various degrees of injuries in the multiple explosions that started from the Mansco Gas Station and extended to the adjacent Total Filling Station.

Sixty-four of the injured persons were treated and discharged, while 68 are still receiving medical treatment in six different health facilities.

Some of the health facilities treating victims of the explosion are the Pentecost Hospital in Madina, the 37 Military Hospital, the Ridge Hospital and the Police Hospital.

The venue of the disaster has been cordoned off by security agencies, while investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of the explosion.

Officials of the National Disaster Management Organisation, the Ghana National Fire Service, the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies have set up post at the place to prevent intruders.

Saturday's disaster is the eighth in three years and has renewed calls for strict regulations to bar the siting of fuel stations close to residential areas.