, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – Three more survivors were on Thursday evening rescued from the collapsed Huruma building, a few hours after a woman was found alive.
Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome says the survivors were rushed to hospital to receive specialised treatment, six days after the tragedy occurred.
“Yes it is true three more people have been rescued from the building a short while ago and they are being taken to hospital as we speak now,” Koome said on the telephone.
The operation was delicately being carried out as more people were expected to be found alive according to Koome, sentiments shared by the Incident Commander Pius Masai.
“It has given us more hope that there are more people there and we hope to get them out. We are doing our best,” he said.
Those rescued are a man and two women making the total number of those rescued alive to 139 with more than 60 still missing.
“We believe more people are going to be rescued,” Masai said.
It was a successful day for the military led rescue team, after the woman was found alive.
Huruma residents broke into tears while other shouted in joy.
The incident has claimed 36 lives and left hundreds injured.
The government is on Friday set to demolish five unsafe buildings in the area, even as the rescue operation continues.
A month long operation will also be kicked off to clean up the city of hazardous buildings.
Nairobi has 226 buildings declared unfit for human habitation.
“We can’t argue about this… They will be demolished,” the PS State Department of Public Works Paul Mwangi warned.