Ghana mall collapse: 3 dead, 39 rescued
08 November 2012, 12:32
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.