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Two dead as Ghana shopping centre collapses

DISASTER: Onlookers view what is left of the Melcom building, in Accra, Ghana, a shopping centre which collapsed earlier today

RESCUE EFFORTS are under way after a multi-storey shopping mall in Ghana collapsed killing two people, officials have said.

It is believed more than 50 people were inside the Melcom building, in the Achimota suburb of Accra, when the incident happened.

Emergency services confirmed they rescued up to five people but dozens of workers and shoppers could still be trapped inside.

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has suspended his campaign for next month's election to concentrate on the relief operation.

He took to Twitter to offer prayers to those trapped in the rubble.

"I was very close to the mall because I was going to buy something only for me to see the building coming down," resident Ama Okyere told the AFP news agency.

"I had to run for my life. I was so terrified. I believe there are lots of people trapped under this because this is a heavily patronised shopping mall in the area."

Family members have been trying to call relatives feared trapped beneath the rubble on their mobile phones, AFP reports.

The glass shopping centre was opened in February and is part of a chain owned by Indian businessman Bhagwan Khubchandani

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