A multi-storey shopping complex in Ghana‘s capital, Accra, collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least four people.
It happened just before the Melcom department store in Accra’s Achimota neighbourhood opened for business. Officials estimated that 50 people, probably staff, could have been in the building at the time.
Survivors were pulled out of the rubble and taken to hospital for treatment.
Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur (C) went to the site to co-ordinate rescue efforts at the building, which opened earlier this year.
Rescue efforts were hampered by the large crowd that gathered at the scene. “There’s so much noise that it’s not possible to hear the trapped people asking for help,” Mr Amissah-Arthur said.
The government says the area, north of the city’s main business district, has been declared a disaster zone.