At least seven people are known to have died, 121 people rescued and several others trapped following a 6/7 storey building collapse at the Huruma residential estate in Kenya, reports BBC.
The rainfall in addition has caused landslides, washed away houses and flooded roads. According to police, 14 people died in the Nairobi rains, including those in the collapse. Another four died when a wall toppled over.
Kenya’s KTN network said on Saturday morning that a nearby building was being evacuated in case it too collapsed. Across the city, more than 1,000 homes were affected by the flooding, Kenya’s Red Cross said.
Steven Oundo, the chair of Kenya’s National Construction Authority, told KTN there would be an investigation into whether the building had a certificate allowing people to live inside.
The Huruma neighbourhood is a poor district on the outskirts of Nairobi made up of narrow streets, meaning firefighters struggled to get to the scene and were delayed by large crowds.
After some time, the army took charge of the rescue with the help of the Kenyan Red Cross.
“We can still hear voices of people who are still inside,” Red Cross spokesman Venant Ndigila said.
Residents said that the building shook violently in the rain before collapsing.
There has however been some good news for the rescuers who extracted a number of children from the wreckage throughout Friday.
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