One Dead, Dozens Trapped In Ghana Shopping Mall Collapse

Category: World / Nov 07, 2012 2:12PM EDT
A four-story department store in Ghana's capital Accra collapsed on Wednesday (November 7), killing at least one person and trapping dozens inside, emergency officials and witnesses said. Rescue workers pulled at least six people from the rubble as large crowds gathered to watch. Excavators worked hard to lift and remove the building's broken beams and concrete blocks. Melcom Ltd., which runs Ghana's largest chain of retail department stores, said it rented the building in the suburb of Achimota and opened its store there about six months ago. Emergency officials at the scene said the collapse was likely caused by structural failure. A spokesman for President John Dramani Mahama said he was cutting short a campaigning tour in the north of the country for December elections to focus on the rescue efforts.