The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has charged the public to eradicate practices that have the potential to cause disasters as the country marks the third anniversary of the June 3 flood and fire disaster.
“On behalf of the Governing Council, the Director-General and the management of the organisation, we wish to soberly commemorate this day in the disaster history of Ghana, not as a reminder of the pain caused the nation by this complex disaster of flood and fire combined, but to charge us as citizens to be wary of our surroundings and happenings around us and act swiftly to avoid preventable disasters, by making sure our drains are free of debris, fuel stations cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Petroleum Authority (NPA), District Assemblies and other relevant Agencies to ensure the safety of our fuel stations to avoid the occurrence of such unfortunate and avoidable disasters in the future,” NADMO Director of Communications George Kwadwo Ayisi, noted in a statement on Friday, 1 June 2018.
The release explained that NADMO will not relent in its efforts to collaborate with the EPA, NPA, Hydrological Services Department, etc., to ensure there is a reduction in the risk of disasters in all “our endeavours for our safety”.
In view of that NADMO has appealed to the public to be cooperative during exercises to prevent disasters and also create awareness to ensure that lives and properties are always safe.
On 3 June 2015, over 150 persons who had sought shelter at a GOIL Filling Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange from the rains that had poured for several hours, were charred to death in an explosion when water seeped into the underground tanks of the fuel station, and displaced the fuel which later ignited.
Hundreds also sustained varying degrees of injury leaving them with scars that will forever remind them of the unfortunate incident.