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Three-Storey Building Collapses in Adenta Due to Inferior Materials-MCE Details

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Tragedy struck the Adenta West Municipality on May 1, 2023, when a three-storey building under construction collapsed, causing the death of one person. According to the Municipal Chief Executive for Madina, Jennifer Dede Adjabeng, the building collapsed due to the use of inferior materials during construction.

The incident was reported to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) who immediately dispatched their officials to the site to assess the situation. Upon arrival, they found that some workers had been trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building.

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The NADMO officials quickly arranged for the rescue of the trapped workers, and thankfully, they were able to save many of them. However, one person was confirmed dead on the spot before being taken to the hospital.

In a press briefing, the MCE disclosed that the developer responsible for the collapsed building had no permit for the construction. On April 20, the assembly noticed the construction and served him with summons. However, the developer refused to respond to the summons, abandoned the site, and resumed construction at night and during the day over the weekend.

“For the most part,” the collapse of the three-storey building could have been avoided if the necessary building permits were obtained, and if the developer had used quality materials in construction. Building permits exist to ensure that buildings are constructed safely and to prevent disasters like this from happening.

This tragedy should serve as a wake-up call to all developers and builders to prioritize safety in their construction projects. The government and relevant agencies must also ensure that the necessary building permits are obtained before construction begins and enforce strict penalties for those who flout the regulations.

The families of the victim and the injured workers deserve compensation for their loss, and the government must ensure that the necessary steps are taken to provide it. We must work together to prevent such disasters from occurring in the future, and this can only be achieved through strict adherence to building regulations and standards.

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