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12 Dead, Scores Missing In Kenya Building Collapse

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



At least 12 people were killed, the Kenyan Red Cross said, and another 134 were injured following Friday’s collapse of the secven-story building in Nairobi. But others are feared trapped in the rubble of the building in Huruma, a residential area in northeast Nairobi, the aid organization said more than 60 people have been reported missing.

The building housed about 164 one-room apartments, but it’s not clear how many were occupied at the time of the collapse, Red Cross spokesman Abbas Gullet told CNN affiliate KTN.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the scene Saturday morning. He asked the country’s disaster authorities to survey other houses in the area, determine if any were likely to collapse and to move residents out, according to a statement from the National Police Service of Kenya.

He also ordered that the owners of any unstable structures be arrested, after it was revealed that the building that collapsed had previously been condemned by the National Construction Authority, a police statement said.

The building collapsed during heavy rains. It’s unclear what caused it to fail, but residents told the Red Cross the bottom floors caved in first.

Kenya Police spokesman Charles Owino said it was too early to give definitive answers, but he expected preliminary information soon.

All the floors were occupied, he said.

“It’s not a new building; it’s an old building, so hopefully the planning department is able to tell us,” he said.

“We don’t how how much the heavy rains could have caused the building to fall. There could be other technical reasons.”