Faulty building pulled down at Asafo

Heavy equipment pulling down the building

Heavy equipment pulling down the building

A three-storey building situated opposite Dunkirk at Asafo in Kumasi which was at the verge of collapse has been pulled down.

Similarly an uncompleted two-storey building housing 20 stores attached to the three-storey building was also pulled down.

The buildings were part of the many structures built on the Subin river.

It is recalled that there were several demonstrations in the Kumasi Metropolis about the structures being built on the Subin river two years ago.

Some neighbours in the early hours of yesterday, were said to have noticed cracks around the building as it appeared to be sinking.

The scene was chaotic as traders, whose stores are located within the building rushed to collect their wares, giving personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service and National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) a hectic time to bring the confusion under control.

A closer look at the building showed cracks all over the structure whose ground floor was all stores, with tenants occupying the rest of the floors as residential apartments.

There were cracks also on the pavements around the building.

All the residents, as at the time of filing this report, had been evacuated from the building.

Mr Kwabena Nsenkyire, Ashanti Regional NADMO Coordinator, said NADMO had to secure a bulldozer to pull down the building to avert any mishap.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Osei Assibey-Antwi and other government officials who visited the scene advised the occupants to be calm and not to panic as they carry away their properties.

Security agents cordoned off the area barring motorists and pedestrians from using the street linking the Asafo interchange to the central market.

FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMAS

 

 

 

 

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