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Kenya Building Collapses, Nearby Places Evacuated

People in Nairobi are asked to depart their homes close to a six-storey building that folded in significant rain, killing a minimum of twelve individuals.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the disaster site and said that the building’s owners ought to be arrested.

A baby was among 134 individuals pulled from the debris and rescuers are checking out a lot of those who could also be trapped.

The buildings to be evacuated house 1,000 individuals and are engineered next to a river bank.

The Red Cross criticised “chaotic scenes” as rescuers arrived when the Friday night collapse. Nairobi’s police officer has said that the rescue groups were delayed on their way to the scene by hours-long traffic jams caused by flooded roads.

Kenya Building Collapses, Nearby Places Evacuated

Rainfall has caused landslides, washed away homes and flooded roads. Police said that nineteen individuals died within the Nairobi rains, together with those within the collapse. Another four died when a wall toppled over and 2 were swept away by flood waters.

The building took 3 months to construct, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza reports from Nairobi. County authorities say it had been earmarked for demolition and didn’t have a certificate of occupation that will enable tenants to rent the 119 rooms out.

“The building went down during the heavy rains, however we still wish to establish if all the procedures were followed once it had been created,” Nairobi’s deputy governor Jonathan Mueke told reporters at the scene.

He said that the building, reportedly built 2 years ago, didn’t have planning permission.

Across town, over 800 homes were stricken by the flooding, Kenya’s Red Cross said.

Kenya Building Collapses, Nearby Places Evacuated

Huruma is a poor district on the outskirts of Nairobi composed of from narrow streets that means firefighters struggled to induce to the scene and were delayed by crowds.

After a while, the military took charge of the rescue with the assistance of the Kenyan Red Cross.

“It seems that some people have gotten impatient however… we’ve got indications that there are those who are still trapped in the rubble,” said Nathan Macharia Kigotho, the director of the national disaster operation centre.