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June 3 disaster: A year on – Art tells ‘Black Wednesday’ tale

In the middle of a heavy flooding and rainstorm mid-night Wednesday, June 3 2015, an explosion at Kwame Nkrumah Circle Branch of the GOIL filling station in the capital Accra, killed at least 150 people that plunged the whole nation into an official three-day national mourning.

The streets of the capital from the accident scene was littered with bodies while some were found in drains taking authorities weeks to clear the remnants of the disaster.

The morgues were congested with bodies and hospital authorities were overwhelmed with casualties from Ghana’s worst ever disaster that happened on June 3.

What many Ghanaians have coined the Black Wednesday a year ago has imprints of sadness, and sorrow till date and likely to leave indelible scars in the minds of Ghanaians whenever it’s rainy here in Accra.

The heady days of the Circle disaster brought some dramatic works on Accra drains by City authorities but that was short-lived.

Two days after the terrible incidence, the Ga-West municipal Assembly demolished some structures they claimed were on water ways while the Accra Metropolitan Assembly also dredged the Odo river and desilted some other drains.

But Interestingly, Accra is still contending with flooding after the disaster; as government, city authorities are still shelving the big resolutions charted to rid the capital of filth and flooding which contributed in no measure to the disaster.

For the folks who ply their trade around the Nkrumah Circle, they have been able to remind themselves of the horrific past which stunned the population with just some few days to usher June 3.

Locals in an attempt to commemorate the day, have made this artistry of a bold image in front of the defunct GOIL filling station which reminds the public of the souls that were perished that day.

At least those who patronise the Circle stretch to Accra and residence, the art works is supposed to bring a flash back of the general shock of the tragedy and awaken the attitudinal change in the citizens of Accra.

Source: Kasapafmonline.com

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