Vanguard Assurance to compensate Achimota Melcom

Vanguard Assurance Company Limited (VACL), insurers of the collapsed Achimota Melcom Shopping Mall on Wednesday said it would evaluate destroyed goods and provide the needed compensation to the management of Melcom.

Mr Fred Lamptey, Chief Operating Officer of VACL who disclosed this to journalists during a visit to the site in Accra said the management of the Mall had a policy with the insurance company which covered only the goods at the Mall.

He expressed his sympathy for the injured as well as those feared trapped under the rubble.

Mr Lamptey was optimistic that they would soon be rescued whole.

The six-storey Achimota Melcom building was believed to have collapsed around 0940 hours with an unknown number of people trapped inside.

According to rescue team, 46 people had so far been rescued from the rubble with three others reported dead as of 1700 hours.

Out of the 46, thirteen had been sent to the 37 Military Hospital, four to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, 28 to the Achimota Hospital and one to the Police Hospital, all in Accra.

A strong rescue team, made up of Ghana Fire Service,Ghana Armed Forces,Ghana Police Service, Ambulance Service and National Sanitation Task Force was making frantic efforts to rescue the trapped workers at the collapsed mall.

Source: GNA

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