Toddler rescued alive from collapsed Huruma building

May 3, 2016 9:03 am
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Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome told Capital FM News that the child was found emaciated on the first floor of the building at around 4am and was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital/KRCS
Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome told Capital FM News that the child was found emaciated on the first floor of the building at around 4am and was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital/KRCS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – There were celebrations Tuesday morning at the site of the collapsed building in Huruma, when a one and a half year-old girl was rescued alive from the rubble – four days following the incident – even as the death toll rose to 23.

Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome told Capital FM News that the child was found emaciated on the first floor of the building at around 4am, and was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

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  • Nairobi Police Boss Japheth Koome told Capital FM News that the child was found emaciated on the first floor of the building at around 4am and was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
  • Koome indicated that the child was being stabilised at the hospital as she had run out of energy.
  • He further explained that rescuers intended to clear the rubble of the building on Tuesday with 136 people having being rescued.

Koome indicated that the child was being stabilised at the hospital as she had run out of energy.

“We had some good news that a young girl – one and a half years of age was rescued this morning. That is a miracle and we expect to continue with the rescue efforts today,” he pointed out.

He further explained that rescuers intended to clear the rubble of the building on Tuesday, with 136 people having being rescued.

Five people were in the meantime expected in court Tuesday to face charges of manslaughter over the collapsed building.

According to the Nairobi police boss, they include officials from the National Construction Authority, City Hall’s Inspectorate Department, an engineer in charge of the site and the two brothers who own the house.

The building collapsed on Friday night trapping dozens of people and it has since emerged that the house did not had a plan and never got approval.

READ: Landlord glossed over warning that we rented deathtrap – Huruma survivors

The Nairobi County Government has also waived permit fees for building owners seeking to renovate their drainage systems to enable emergency repairs and upgrades as a way of coping with ongoing heavy rains.

READ: City Hall waives permits for emergency drainage repairs

Building owners are ordinarily supposed to seek City Hall’s approval and pay a license fee of Sh4,000 before undertaking any repairs to their drainage systems.

Kidero however says the exemption will only affect changes in a minor domestic drainage system.

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