40 people now dead in Huruma building tragedy

May 6, 2016 9:33 am
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According to Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome, 140 people have so far been rescued and there were hopes of pulling more people out alive/MIKE KARIUKI
According to Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome, 140 people have so far been rescued and there were hopes of pulling more people out alive/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – The death toll from the collapsed building in Huruma now stands at 40 after three more bodies were pulled out Thursday night while another died on the way to hospital.

According to Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome, 140 people have so far been rescued and there were hopes of pulling more people out alive.

Up to 70 people are reported still missing since the tragedy occurred on Friday last week.

On Thursday, three more survivors were rescued hours after another woman was found alive.

READ: 3 more people found alive after woman rescued in Huruma

Designated Incident Commander Pius Masai stated that they were determined to ensure more people were saved from the rubble.

In the meantime, buildings adjacent to the one that collapsed in Huruma will be demolished Friday according to the Principal Secretary at the Department of Public Works Paul Mwangi.

He stated that the demolition is part of measures they are putting in place to curb similar tragedies in future following reports that many more buildings were put up illegally without following procedures.

Mwangi had indicated that other buildings within the city will be demolished next week, as they kick off a month long operation to clean the city of hazardous buildings.

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