Frantic efforts to pull out woman found alive at Huruma building

May 5, 2016 12:47 pm
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The National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai said the woman had been given oxygen/CFM NEWS
The National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai said the woman had been given oxygen/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – “Please be careful, you may pierce my eyes,” were the words heard from the woman found alive in the rubble of the collapsed seven-storey Huruma building.

It was evident that not even the rescue team expected this.

A joint briefing by the Incident Commander Pius Masai and Kenya Red cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet had to be called off as the team rushed to the scene.

“I told you that we may rescue someone here,” a visibly excited Masai told journalists.

“She has no physical injuries and she’s talking.”

Even as the team frantically tried to get her out of the debris six days after the collapsing of the building, he said the team was optimistic of rescuing more people.

“It is such an exciting moment to witness this miracle,” Nairobi County CEC in Charge of Health Dr Bernard Muya said.

“We have already administered glucose and other medicines.”

From one side, the team was trying to rescue the woman while another team was retrieving more bodies.

Masai says the operation will continue being carried out delicately to ensure no life is put at risk.

Hopes of finding people alive were rekindled after a six month old baby was found alive.

“Oh my God! Six days after the collapsing? “A resident posed upon receiving the news.” There is a living God. ”

The government is on Friday set to demolish five unsafe buildings in the area.

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.

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