A seven-storey apartment building in Kenya’s capital Nairobi has collapsed. The building located in eastern Nairobi was reported to have developed cracks and dozens of residents were evacuated before it collapsed.
The police told local media that 121 people have been rescued while the Saint John’s Ambulance service said 15 were missing. Kenya Red Cross is conducting an ongoing search and rescue operation at the collapse site with other security and disaster management services, Africanews reports.
The BBC also reports that more than 100 people have been accounted for, but five people were still trapped including a woman with her three children.
It should be noted that over 30 people were killed when a six-storey building collapsed in Nairobi’s Huruma district last year, leaving hundreds missing with over 100 rescued alive. The collapse was partly due to torrential rains and the poor quality of construction. The owners were arrested and had to face the law.
Author: Mesumbe Neville