10 people killed after wall collapses in South B

May 12, 2015 4:51 am
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The wall collapsed after a heavy downpour on Monday night. Photo courtesy: Philip Ogola
The wall collapsed after a heavy downpour on Monday night. Photo courtesy: Philip Ogola

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – At least 10 people have died after a wall collapsed at Fuata Nyayo village in South B following heavy rainfall on Monday night.

According to the St John’s Ambulance, two people are still receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital where they were rushed to following the 8.30 pm incident.

Communications Manager Fred Majiwa stated that chaotic crowds and flooded roads hampered the rescue operations, making it difficult for ambulances and rescue personnel to access the scene.

“Rescue operation was called off at 1:30 am and would resume this morning. Meanwhile, two people are still receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital, after surviving the 8:30 pm incident,” he said.

The cause of the collapse has not yet been ascertained, though there are indications that the wall could have been weakened by flooding in the area.
Flash floods in the country has claimed lives with the latest being in Narok where a river burst its banks rendering the road to Bomet from Narok impassable with the inaccessibility delaying emergency services response times.

The flooding in Narok followed a heavy downpour which left large parts of that region flooded and added to the thousands left homeless by flooding in Nyanza; a humanitarian crisis that had the Kisumu county government asking the national government for assistance to contain the situation.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma told reporters on Tuesday that he had written to the Cabinet Secretary Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources asking for help to de-silt the rivers experiencing overflow due to the torrential rains that pounded the region.

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