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Ghana mall collapse: 3 dead, 39 rescued

2012-11-07 21:19

Accra - A six-storey shopping mall collapsed in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Wednesday, killing at least three people, but a desperate rescue operation had so far pulled out 39 survivors.

Police said 50 employees worked in the building, but all were not believed there before the collapse, which occurred ahead of opening time on Wednesday morning. A total number of those inside at the time could not yet be determined.

President John Dramani Mahama suspended his campaign ahead of 7 December, offered prayers for those trapped and called the incident a "tragedy" as he visited the site.

Thousands thronged the scene, including family members in search of relatives.

The cause of the collapse of the Melcom shopping mall in the centre of the capital was not immediately clear. Workers from a nearby construction site were urgently called over to help dig through the rubble.

Comments
  • wally.williams.148 - 2012-11-08 07:27

    This is becoming a serious concern. First of all my sympathies to the families who lost a loved one and to those who were injured together with their families. Then, I know I have no proof and that it will be investigated - how properly we will not know - but this is not the first incident on our continent of this nature, and some in the Eastern countries. My questions would simply be: Is there still serious and strict control in the building process? Is that control extended to the build integrity? Is there any control iro the materials used? It pains me to think that contractors in cooperation with building and quality inspectors take and allow short-cuts and inferior material to be used in the hope that nothing will go wrong - at least not in the very short-term. Steel reinforcement from China is apparently being used instead of supplies from previously recognised companies. The steel from China I am to believe is NOT of the same standard. This is but one aspect, but one that is crucial! Time to re-think how we do business and with whom. What's the point of going cheap when cheap equals less than inferior...and at the cost of ppl's safety? I'm just pondering on these as a concerned consumer with a family to boot.

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