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08-Jul-2012  
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Portions of the famous UTC building at the Central Business District (CBD) in Accra fell over in the early hours of Sunday, but no casualties were recorded.

According to eyewitnesses, the loud bang that followed the tumble caused fear and panic and fatalities could have emerged should the incident happened during the busy hours of the day.

The over a decade-long old building has served as home for many businesses at the busy CBD area opposite the LAVA Shop.

One of the eyewitnesses, who only gave his name as Mike, said a huge concrete slab ripped off the building and “could have caused serious fatalities during a week day. It’s a wake-up call that the UTC building is collapsing and anything can happen at any time.”

He said the size of the concrete slab was huge enough to “have caused five to six deaths during the market days of the week.”

According to Citi News’ Evans Effah, who visited the scene on Sunday afternoon, the slab was “quite huge that fell from the top floor. ‘The concrete could weigh about a 40-feet container’, eyewitnesses are saying.”

Effah reported that the building is in a “very poor state and the city authorities will have to take a second look at it.”

One of the eyewitnesses, Owusu, who spoke to Citi News said, “it would have been a huge disaster” if this had happened during the day.

“We were selling when we heard a huge noise and we felt it was an earthquake. I even thought it was a vehicle that has crashed.”




 
 
Source: Kent Mensah/Citifmonline.com
 
 

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