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Jan 5, 2015

06:33:36 GMT--Technological Disaster - Africa - Kenya

EDIS Number: AC-20150105-46552-KEN

Date / time: 05/01/2015 06:32:07 [UTC]

Event: Technological Disaster

Area: Africa

Country: Kenya

State/County: Capital City

Location: Nairobi [Huruma Estate]

Number of Deads: 2 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: 38 person(s)

Damage level: Moderate


At least two people were killed and 38 others rescued on Sunday evening when a seven-storey residential building collapsed in Nairobi’s Huruma estate. Police said one of the deceased died on arrival at the Kenyatta National Hospital while another body of a child was retrieved from the rubbles. Many are still thought to be trapped in the rubbles several hours since the incident happened. Officials said 38 survivors were rushed to KNH with slight injuries. The building collapsed on Sunday at about 8 pm before a search and rescue operation was launched. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero visited the scene and announced the rescue operation would continue. “It may take time but we have officials who will do it to the end,” said Kidero. Joint rescue efforts from the military, Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre, St John’s Ambulance, the Kenya Red Cross Society, the Nairobi City Fire Brigade and the National Youth Service were launched in efforts to rescue those who were trapped. The Kenya Red Cross official Nick Thiongo said they could not trace at least three families. “Most of the occupants were away for holidays and we fear the toll could have been higher. We are still hoping to get survivors,” said Thiong’o. He added preliminary findings had shown all the floors were occupied by the time the house went down. Nairobi County official Tom Odongo said the upper floors were built in quick succession, putting pressure on the lower floors. He added the construction had not been approved by local authorities.

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