(Xinhua) -- At least two
people were confirmed dead and four others rescued after
a five-storey building collapsed at a residential estate
in Kenya’s capital Nairobi early Sunday.
Sterehe divisional police commander Alice Kimeli said
three people are undergoing treatment at hospitals as
search and rescue operations continue for an unknown
number of people trapped inside.
The National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) Deputy
Director Pius Masai said those on the ground had
mobilized equipment to help rescue the trapped victims,
noting that accessing the site is the main challenge.
"We have done assessment and there is no access for
"Multi stakeholders have resolved to
safely knock down one side of temporary residential
structures in order to create access for rescue," he
It is not clear how many people are still trapped in
the rubble after the 1:30 a.m. incident.
But some locals said many of the tenants had vacated
the structure hours earlier after realizing the building
had developed cracks.
Kenya Red Cross, through their twitter account, said
four people had been rescued and rushed to hospital.
The charity said rescuers had challenges accessing
the site due to poor or lack of roads leading there.
It is not the first time such an incident happens in
the same area.
In April 2016, another building collapsed in the same
area and killed at least 52 people.
Experts say the East African nation has a vibrant
construction industry that has become a huge boost to
the nation’s real estate sector, with hundreds of houses
being put up across the country each day.
However, the increased building collapse incidents
especially during this rainy season points to the
weaknesses in the booming industry, according to
More than five storied buildings have tumbled in the
last three months in the capital Nairobi due to heavy
On April 29, a seven-storey building next to the
Nairobi River came tumbling down after days of heavy
It was said to be erected on a riparian land,
using substandard materials and uncouth means.
The disaster promoted the county and national
governments to mount a crackdown to wipe away all unsafe
buildings in Nairobi, targeting about 226 structures,
but the exercise did not go far for lack of support.