Thursday 8 December 2016

16 dead, 73 still missing in collapsed building in Kenya

Published 01/05/2016 | 15:06

Police officers stand guard at the site of a building collapse in Nairobi
Police officers stand guard at the site of a building collapse in Nairobi

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors in a building that collapsed in Kenya on Friday as the death toll rose to 16 with 73 people still missing.

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Pius Masai of Kenya's National Disaster Management Unit confirmed the death toll on Sunday.

The building had been declared unfit for human habitation by Kenya's National Construction Authority but it was not torn down.

Nairobi governor Evan Kidero said bribe-taking officers in his government are responsible for allowing contractors to bypass building codes. He vowed to sack those responsible.

Police have ordered the building's owner to turn himself in for questioning.

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