A building which is under construction has collapsed killing one person in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

buildingcollapsed2The collapsed 10 storey building is said to belong to the Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF) and was being constructed by the Israeli company, AMANDI is located opposite the CEDI House in Accra.

The incident which occurred today Sunday 22 November, 2015 happens to be the umpteenth time a building under construction has collapsed this year alone.

The body of the deceased, a carpenter has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue while the injured have been taken to the Adabraka Polyclinic and 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Reports indicate that, many more workers are injured and have been rushed to the hospital.

The disaster was said to have happened around 1pm, a NADMO official, Jonathan Quarcoo from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) confirmed to a local Graphic Online portal.

“It was the first floor that caved in”, the NADMO official is reported as saying.

According to him, the contractor has been asked to stop work until investigations were over.

In June this year, a three-storey building under construction at Cantonments in Accra lcollapsed, killing three people and injuring 18 others, including some Togolese.

One of the dead was identified as Dr Prosper Adabla, the owner of the building who was before his untimely death, the First Vice-President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce.

Graphic online reported that, the collapse of buildings in the country in recent times has become very alarming, resulting in the killing of innocent people, infringing permanent disability on many and destroying properties.

It also comes at a huge cost to the state through the clearing of debris and rescue of survivors.

Between 2012 and 2014, Accra, the capital city of Ghana, officially recorded four major building collapse that claimed a total of 19 lives.

The Melcom building collapse near Achimota in 2012 claimed 14 lives whereas the Grand View Hotel building collapse at Nii-Boi Town in 2014 recorded four deaths. Two other buildings collapsed in 2014; the building near Akai House at Cantonments claimed one life while the Central University hostel building collapse in Dawhenya recorded no death.

In view of this, state authorities mandated to monitor building projects in the country have been urged to ensure that builders abide by certain accepted standards.

Mandated institutions must be held responsible and accountable by government.



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