9 November 2012. The National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation, NADMO, Mr Kofi Kporturphy has described as excellent, the manner in which the security services responded swiftly to the disaster at the Achimota Branch of Melcom. He noted that since day one of the incident, all the security services have contributed immensely to the rescue exercise.
Mr Kporturphy was speaking at the third press briefing at the site of the incident on the state of efforts underway to rescue all who might still be trapped under the rubble, reiterating that all efforts would be made to bring out the last victim.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Hon Rojo Mettle-Nunoo also responding to a question on how long it had taken the rescue team to retrieve victims noted that, the purpose of the rescue efforts was not to rush to uncover victim’s dead but to take painstaking measures to ensure that all trapped under the debris were retrieved alive.
He explained that under such circumstances, a country might have all the resources to work with but if help came from well meaning quarters, it did not mean that the Rescue Task Force was ineffective. He concluded by thanking all who had and continued to support the exercise.
Elaborating on the rescue exercise, Maj Jonas Wiafe, the Rescue Task Force Commander, disclosed that the rescue operation had taken a different face, from boring holes down into the floors to peeling off the floors.
Briefing the press, the Director Public Relations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Col M’bawine Atintande, said that efforts now were aimed at peeling off the rubble floor by floor. Two floors had been peeled off to the left of the rubble and three to the right side. He expressed hope that by the application of these methods, the team would be in a better position to uncover every victim beneath the rubble.
He said that as at 1600 hrs today, another six bodies had been sighted under the rubble. He also reported that seven out of the nine Melcom staff earlier said to have been missing had confirmed that they were not at work at the time of the incident. Some were off duty while others did not report to work for one reason or other. The where about of the remaining two persons are yet to be identified.
Since the start of the incident donations and contributions have poured in from many quarters. While some have contributed resources towards the upkeep of the rescuers, others have presented equipment for the rescue. The following are some of the donations:
1. Lilian Asante & Gertrude Segbefia Banku and Soup
2. Errata Hotel 60 bags of rice
3. Beatrice Obeng Kenkey and Soup
4. Zoozoo Restaurant 200 packs of rice (cooked)
5. Shoprite 10 cartons Voltic water
5 cartons apples
5 cartons coca cola
6. Confidence Mineral Water 50 bags of sachet water
7. Anonymous donor 20 bags of sachet water
8. Melcom 100 bags of sachet water
9. NADMO 100 bags of sachet water
10. Achimota Market Women’s Association 2 baskets of oranges
6 bags of loaves of bread
11. Isaac Andoh &Yaa Rose Kponyo Banku and okro soup
12. Engineers and Planners Earth-moving equipment
13. Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority Crane (200 tons)
14. Ministry of Local Government 100 cartons of mineral water
100 cartons of assorted soft drinks
15. Vic Fam Bakery Bread and Milo drinks
16. MES Chemicals Ltd Electricity supply