Six-story building collapses in Nairobi; at least 3 killed

Clay Curtis
December 7, 2019

The Kenya Red Cross has since erected a tent at the scene, where relatives of those affected by the incident can receive and provide relevant information to also help establish how many more people are still trapped inside.

"Tragedy has struck us again", public works official Gordon Kihalangwa said. Njenga said the building's owner was "not available" and not living there. Police and KDF men used sniffer dogs to locate the victims.

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

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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.

Six storey building collapses in Tassia, Embakasi.

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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.

Kimani also said that many people from the area had headed to the site to try and "catch a glimpse of what is happening" and this was also obstructing the rescue effort.

The floods dashed hopes of finding survivors, with rescuers reporting that a trapped woman they were communicating with was no longer responding. The National Construction Authority found that 58% of buildings in Nairobi were unfit for habitation.

Rescue workers attempt to rescue a person from a collapsed building in Tasia Embakasi, an east neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya on Friday Dec. 6, 2019.

In Nairobi, such incidents have taken place in parts including Zimmerman, Roysambu, South B, Huruma and Kaloleni.

The report concluded that buildings collapse because of poor quality of concrete, lack of proper foundation and use of substandard building stones.

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