, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – The death toll from Sunday night’s fire incident in Kijiji area, bordering Southlands estate in Lang’ata has risen to four.
According to the National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai, the probe team on ground was still gathering evidence to establish the cause of the fire.
Masai told the media on Monday morning that close to 6,000 families were affected by the inferno.
“We are appealing to well wishers to support us with food and non-food items and channel all the donations to the incident command centre next to the scene of the fire and we will ensure they get to the victims,” said Masai.
Lang’ata lawmaker Nixon Korir assured the residents who lost their houses of the government’s support to rebuild their lives even as the local Member of County Assembly decried the slow disaster response.
“I have spoken to the Deputy President William Ruto who has committed to help these victims with the necessary support. We will also assist them to rebuild their houses so that they can continue with their lives,” said Korir.
Nairobi Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai said that the cause of the fire is still unknown but the police are carrying out investigations.
The fire which is reported to have started at about 8pm Sunday was contained at around 0100 hrs.
Survivors have taken temporary shelter at the nearby Ngei Primary School in Southlands estate.