Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nairobi building collapse: Several killed, more feared trapped

Nairobi building collapse: Several killed, more feared trapped

In 2017, the then governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero said there were 30,000 to 40,000 buildings at risk in the city as they had been built without approval. The owner of the structure, identified only as Mama Kanyoni, could not be traced to provide tenancy records, according to Daily Nation.

The collapsed building destroyed an adjacent single storey iron shanty with several houses.

"We do not have a figure yet", Peter Abwao, Kenya Red Cross communications manager, told dpa news agency, on how many people could be trapped in the collapsed building.

The cause of the building's collapse was not immediately clear but heavy rains have been pounding Nairobi and other parts of the country.

Residents, rescuers and police at the scene of the collapse of a building at Tassia estate in Embakasi, Nairobi County, on December 6, 2019.

The meteorological department said the rains will persist until the end of December, with intermittent episodes of heavy and light rainfall up to the fourth week of the month.

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The collapsed residential flat in Tassia Embakasi is reported to be home to an estimated hundred Kenyans thought the number of people who were in the homes is yet to be established.

As rescue operations continued in Nairobi's Tassia estate, scores of people clustered around the pancaked structure waiting to find news of their family and friends.

Nairobi county police chief Philip Ndolo said at least 10 people had been rescued by residents of Tassia estate using their bare hands.

At least two people have been killed in Kenya's capital after the collapse of a six-storey residential building, as rescuers struggled to reach those feared trapped under a mountain of rubble.

In 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit that covered most parts Nairobi suburbs. The National Construction Authority found that 58 percent of buildings in Nairobi were unfit for habitation.

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