Ghana building collapse traps dozens, kills 4

Associated Press
Rescue workers among the remainder of a collapsed building in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.  A five-story shopping center built earlier this year in a bustling suburb of Ghana's capital collapsed Wednesday, killing at least one person and leaving several dozen people trapped in the rubble, authorities and eyewitnesses said. (AP Photo/ Laura Burke)

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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Authorities say the death toll from a shopping center collapse in Ghana has risen to four as rescuers freed dozens of people from the debris.

Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye said Thursday that 68 people had been pulled from the rubble.

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

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

The building 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 later in the day to help locate any remaining survivors.

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