Kenya: Building collapse kills at least two people

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At least two people in Kenya have died and an unknown number are missing after a building collapsed in Nairobi on Tuesday.

The seven-story residential building gave way in the capital on Tuesday after showing signs of imminent collapse on Monday evening. Most of the residents had left the building by the time it came down but many could have been inside at the time of collapse, according to local sources.

 

Another building collapse in Nairobi

Building collapses in Kenya’s capital are becoming more common, as the city’s rapidly-growing population is greeted with sub-par construction. Residents say the building began showing signs of collapse the previous day, prompting the majority of them to leave the property. However, some allegedly refused to leave the building, while others apparently returned to collect belongings when it collapsed.

Two children have since been pulled out of the rubble, both of whom are receiving treatment in hospital. One woman was confirmed to have been pulled alive from the wreckage but later died.

Two people are confirmed to have died so far and some reports suggest 15 are missing, but the second figure is yet to be confirmed.

 

Nairobi’s construction problems

Speaking at the scene of the collapse, Nairobi’s governor Evans Kidero said the capital has at least 30,000 building constructed without approval and at risk of failure.

In April 2016, dozens died when a building gave way during heavy rain. Eight buildings collapsed in 2015, killing 15 people, prompting President Uhuru Kenyatta to order an audit of all the country’s buildings. The National Construction Authority found that 58 percent of buildings in the capital were unfit for habitation, according to reports.

 

Featured image: By genvessel – originally posted to Flickr as kibera, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5739874

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.