DNA Tests For Unidentified Flood/Fire Disaster Victims

Government has authorised the testing of DNA samples on bodies of last Wednesday’s flood and fire disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

Speaking at the one week memorial service for the victims held at the forecourt of the State House, President Mahama said several bodies have still not been identified and a DNA test will help family members claim their relatives for the necessary funeral rites.

The President has also asked relatives to visit the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital and the Police Hospital to seek guidance on how to go about this.

President Mahama also revealed that the official death toll from the twin disaster stands at 152 contrary to reports by sections of the media that over 200 hundred people perished in the disaster.

According to figures available to the National Disaster Management Organization, (NADMO), over 34,000 victims of last Wednesday’s floods are yet to receive relief items barely a week after the disaster.

President Mahama added that relief items would also be distributed to victims of the flood and fire disaster as government has dedicated some GH¢50 million to deal with the disaster.


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