Death toll at collapsed Huruma building rises to 33

May 5, 2016 9:03 am
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More than 80 people remain missing since the incident which occurred last Friday/FILE
More than 80 people remain missing since the incident which occurred last Friday/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – The death toll from the collapsed building in Huruma has now risen to 33 after five more bodies were recovered Wednesday night.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, the teams on the ground were complaining that they didn’t have enough materials to facilitate a speedy search.

Overview
  • More than 80 people remain missing since the incident which occurred last Friday.
  • Police are still looking for more officials who approved the construction of the seven storey building after three others were charged alongside two owners.
  • The five were released on bail on Wednesday.

“The search and rescue operation is ongoing still but at a slow pace since we do not have enough machines to hasten the process. We are also hampered by the lack of accessibility to the area,” stated Anthony Mwangi, the Communications Officer at the Kenya Red Cross.

More than 80 people remain missing since the incident which occurred last Friday.

Police are still looking for more officials who approved the construction of the seven storey building after three others were charged alongside two owners. The five were released on bail on Wednesday.

READ: Court frees 5 Huruma building collapse suspects on bail

The suspects are required to pay Sh500,000 in cash or deposit a Sh1 million bond with a surety of similar amount.

The magistrate said the prosecution failed to convince the court of compelling reasons why they shouldn’t be released on bail pending conclusion of investigations.

The prosecution had wanted the suspects detained for 21 days to allow police complete investigations and decide whether to charge them with murder or manslaughter.

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