, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – The death toll of the Huruma building collapse has risen to 45 even as the search and rescue mission enters its ninth day.
Speaking at the site, Designated Incident Commander Pius Masai however said that the number may increase slightly after a tally is done on casualties taken to hospital to confirm those who are alive or dead.
At the same time, Masai stated that fifty five people remain missing while only sixteen bodies have been identified.
“At dawn we were able to discover two bodies, one of a child and another one of a woman. We remain hopeful of finding more people, dead or alive,” said the Commander.
He however says that the number of those missing may increase or decrease depending on the body identification progress at the mortuary.
By press time, the number of those rescued stands at one hundred and forty.
The search and rescue process at the site is ninety five percent complete with the remainder expected to end soon.
The Commander explained that he could not give a definite time when the remainder of the work would be completed as he did not know what could be found during the process.
“What if we hear sounds of people who are alive? That may take us more time.”
At the same time, thirty families have left the Huruma CDF camp while ninety six families remain there.
Masai also thanked people of goodwill who had assisted in the search and rescue mission and those who contributed cash and kind during the process. He also urged the public to remain patient saying the rescue team was doing all it could.