Ghana building collapse traps dozens, kills 4



THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published — Saturday 10 November 2012

Last update 10 November 2012 2:56 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

ACCRA, Ghana: Authorities on Thursday blamed faulty construction for the collapse of a five-story building in Ghana’s capital that killed at least four people and trapped dozens of others until they were freed by crews picking through broken concrete with axes.
The five-story structure housing a popular home goods store crumbled early Wednesday, just nine months after it was built in a working-class neighborhood.
Kate Adobaya, a spokeswoman for Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organization, blamed the building collapse on structural weakness.
“The foundation was not good enough,” she said, adding that crews worked in shifts through the night to search for other possible victims.
President John Dramani Mahama toured the scene Wednesday and told reporters those responsible for the building’s collapse would be punished. The building was being leased by Melcom Ltd., but the retail company did not construct the building, according to the chief operating officer of Melcom Group of Companies.
Ghanaian Information Minister Fritz Baffour says four people are confirmed dead. Accra’s mayor, Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye. said Thursday that 68 people had been pulled from the rubble.
An 18-man team from Israel was expected in Accra later in the day to help locate any remaining survivors.
“The team will make an initial assessment of the site using special equipment and sniffer dogs that will help identify the locations of possible survivors or corpses,” according to a statement signed by the president’s spokesman.
FROM: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

Arab News Editor in Chief Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi hosted a banquet for editors in chief of local print and online publications, Shoura Council members, representative of the Ministry of Culture and Information, prominent writers and columnists in Je...
JEDDAH: Health workers from Riyadh’s National Guard hospital would not be allowed to perform Haj this year, or work at the holy sites, the Ministry of Health has announced.Hail Al-Abdali, head of the ministry’s infection control unit, was reportedly...
JEDDAH: The Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh has introduced new legislative amendments to allow voters to produce a range of identity documents so that they can register for the upcoming elections.Al-Asheikh amended Art...
RIYADH: Construction on the multibillion-riyal Riyadh Metro is well under way with several giant drilling machines working overtime to ensure that underground tunnels for the project are completed on schedule.The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA)...
JEDDAH: Officials from the Saudi Ministry of Haj have been holding meetings with their counterparts from Arab and South Asian nations in preparation for this year’s pilgrimage.Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Nafei, assistant deputy minister of Haj and in char...
RIYADH: Four polling stations in Tabuk have stopped registering voters for the Dec. 12 municipal elections in the region.Ibrahim bin Ahmed Al-Ghabban, undersecretary at the Tabuk municipality and member of the local committee for the election of a mu...

Stay Connected

Facebook