Traders at Asafo panic as three-storey housing 12 shops sinks


A three-storey building around the Asafo Interchange in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi is sinking by the minute.

Panicked traders are moving their wares out of the five-year-old building which houses 12 shops at one of the busiest locations in the capital.

The pavement all around the building has cracked up as the building sinks into the ground.

There are cracks on the wall as the top floor sinks and depresses the ground floor.

Joy News’ Erastus Asare Donkor reports that the Ghana National Fire Service and officers from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) are at the scene trying to calm the shop owners.

But they are having a hard time doing so because the traders are rushing into the building and salvaging anything they can, before the building finally collapses.

“There are three officers of the Fire Service here and about three officers of NADMO and the regional boss himself and it has been hectic. Some of them are using sticks to sack the traders, but they keep coming back,” Erastus reported.

He also added that the top floor of the building which has residential apartments, has been completely evacuated.

One Daniel, who is said to be the owner of the building told Erastus, he has been informed that some unscrupulous persons chiseled the foundation of the building at night on Tuesday.

But this is yet to be substantiated by authorities.

 

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