, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has visited the site where a building collapsed in Huruma estate, killing at least seven people.
The Head of State who was accompanied by top government officials was immediately briefed on
the rescue progress which was hampered by the heavy rains.
He was also shown houses near the site which were evacuated after they were declared unsafe following fears that they may collapse due to their weak structure.
According to Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome, 121 people had been rescued by Saturday morning and taken to the Mama Lucy and Kenyatta National Hospitals.
The rescue operation was being undertaken by the military assisted by police, Kenya Red Cross volunteers as well as the National Youth Service.
“It is very unfortunate that we have lost seven people after the house collapsed last night,” Koome told us on telephone on Saturday morning, “we have 121 others who have been rescued and taken to hospital.”
According to the Kenya Red Cross, a total of 150 households were affected.
“The building went down during the heavy rains but we still want to establish if all the procedures were followed when it was constructed,” he said.
The building is about two years old.