Skip to main content

Rescuers search for survivors of Ghana store collapse

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 8, 2012 -- Updated 1340 GMT (2140 HKT)
An excavator clears the remains of a shopping centre that collapsed on November 7, 2012 in Accra, killing at least three people.
An excavator clears the remains of a shopping centre that collapsed on November 7, 2012 in Accra, killing at least three people.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rescue workers continue the search for survivors trapped under the rubble
  • At least four people died after the six-story building collapsed Wednesday
  • About 48 survivors have been pulled from the ruins, but more are feared trapped
  • Ghana's president says anyone guilty of negligence will be held accountable

(CNN) -- Rescue workers continued their search Thursday for survivors trapped under rubble after the collapse of a large department store in a suburb of Ghana's capital, Accra.

At least four people died in the store collapse Wednesday morning, according to a statement on the official website of President John Dramani Mahama.

About 48 survivors have been pulled from the ruins of the six-story Melcom building, but several more are feared trapped, the statement said.

Mahama said specialized teams and sniffer dogs would be used in the search.

"Whoever is responsible for this negligence here will pay a price," the president is quoted as saying, after visiting the scene of the disaster in Achimota.

Mahama said steps would also be taken to check that other buildings in Ghana are built to proper standards and would withstand tremors, since the country is in an area prone to earthquakes.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1526 GMT (2326 HKT)
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0009 GMT (0809 HKT)
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT)
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT)
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT)
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
February 8, 2013 -- Updated 0718 GMT (1518 HKT)
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.
ADVERTISEMENT