It is feared that people have been trapped in a building that collapsed in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The current report is that 7 people have died while 121 others rescued on Saturday morning. A baby is one of the rescued.
There is no clear awareness on the number of individuals trapped while the Red Cross has criticized the “chaotic scenes.”
Varied reports are being provided with some saying it was a seven storey building while others saying it had 6 a storey one.
Numerous landslides have resulted from Kenya floods that have washed away houses and flooded roads. According to the police reports, 14 people have died in Nairobi due to the rains.
The country’s broadcaster, KTN, was informed by the chair of National Construction Authority that an investigation will be done to determine whether the building had a permit for construction.
“The building went down during the heavy rains, but we still want to establish if all the procedures were followed when it was constructed,” Nairobi’s deputy governor Jonathan Mueke told reporters at the scene.
Firefighters struggled as they attempted to get to the Huruma based building due to the narrow paths and its remote location. Large crowds were also at the scene.
Later on, the army stepped in to assist the Red Cross.
“I think it appears that some people are getting impatient but as it is we have got indications that there are people who are still trapped in the rubble,” said Nathan Macharia Kigotho, the director of the national disaster operation centre.
“We don’t want to use heavy machines because it is likely to crumble and crush them.”
It is common to see poorly constructed buildings in Kenya. Most of them do not meet the set standards but are allowed to go on with the construction.