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Friday 18 April 2014

Four die as shopping mall collapses

Workers search the debris of a collapsed shopping centre in Accra, Ghana (AP)

The death toll from a shopping centre collapse in Ghana has risen to four as rescuers freed dozens of people from the debris.

A total of 68 people have so far been pulled from the rubble of the Melcom Shopping Centre in Achimota, a suburb of the capital Accra, mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye said.

Kate Adobaya, a spokeswoman for Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation, cited structural weakness as the cause of the collapse.

"The foundation was not good enough," she said.

The building, which opened in February, 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.

An 18-man team from Israel is expected in Accra to help locate any remaining survivors.

President John Mahama declared the scene a disaster zone and cut short his election campaign in the north of the country to visit the site. The presidential election is scheduled for December.

Press Association

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