Accra floods "I wish I had a bulldozer" - Rawlings

Jerry John Rawlings said he will pull down all buildings on waterways as a step to avert more disasters.

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called for a radical pulling down of buildings constructed on waterways as a first step towards solving the perennial floods in the capital.

The former military leader who visited the scene Thursday morning said the circumstances surrounding the incident must be probed to its logical conclusion.

“We must understand into details the fire safety measures that were put in place by the management of the station.

“ It’s a sad incident and we must seek to avoid such occurrences but we must know exactly what could have been done to avoid incidents like these,” he said.

"I wish I had a bulldozer," he told the media in Accra. Read more "It is a sad incident" - Rawlings

The heavy downpour in the capital rendered several places flooded and also led to power outages in several communities. Reports suggest that the fire service personnel struggled to fight the inferno last night. Officially, it is unclear what sparked the blaze at the service station.

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