Death toll rises to 9 in Kisii building tragedy

November 12, 2016 2:23 pm
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Nyanza regional police coordinator Willy Lugusa says rescue operation will not stop anytime soon saying it will take time before the scene is cleared/FILE
Nyanza regional police coordinator Willy Lugusa says rescue operation will not stop anytime soon saying it will take time before the scene is cleared/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 – The death toll following the collapse of a building in Kisii has risen to nine after a male body was recovered from the debris on Saturday morning.

Nine people are still missing and many suspected to be trapped in the debris.

Nyanza regional police coordinator Willy Lugusa says rescue operation will not stop anytime soon saying it will take time before the scene is cleared.

He says the owner of the building is yet to be traced but investigations are on course.

Incident Commander Pius Mwachi has appealed to people with compressors, drillers and cutters to make them available for support in the operations raising questions of the preparedness of the unit in dealing with disaster in the country.

“The National Disaster Management (NDMU) is collaborating stakeholders including National and County Government, National Police Service, Kenya Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, KDF DRU among others in the operations,” Mwachi said.

Such incidents have claimed hundreds of lives in the country largely due to poor workmanship coupled with corruption in the agencies approving such structures.

On Saturday, the Association of Construction Managers of Kenya (ACMK) will hold a news conference in a bid to articulate the position of the professional body regarding ‘the state of the building sector in the country.

The association according to a press invite will, “highlight the potential impact of these tragic events on the economy, infiltration of the sector by quacks and failure by the construction oversight and regulation organs to streamline the building sector.”

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