Ghana’s President cut short trip to visit site of Collapsed Melcom store

By Morkporkpor Anku (Accra, Ghana) – Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has cut short his visit to the northern part of the country on Wednesday, and visited the site of the collapsed Melcom store in Achimota a suburb of the Accra.

On Wednesday a five-storey shopping centre collapsed in Ghana killing at least one person and leaving several dozen people trapped in the rubble.

The President had ordered an investigation into why the building, which opened earlier this year, collapsed.

A team of 18 Israelis are due to arrive in the country today to help the rescue effort.

“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,” Mr Mahama said.

Rescue workers are still doing their best to rescue the trapped workers and shopper under the debris.

The fatality at the Melcom Shopping Centre at Achimota, a suburb of Accra, was confirmed by Public Affairs Officer of the Ghana Fire Service Billy Anaglate.

“We are still working to find out the fate of others who may be trapped under,” he said.

The shopping centre opened in February.

Meanwhile a number of staff and shoppers have been rescued and are currently receiving treatment at the various hospitals across the capital.