Sunday 22 October 2017

Woman saved from rubble after six days

A woman is carried away on a stretcher by medics as she is rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building, in the Huruma area of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: AP
A woman is carried away on a stretcher by medics as she is rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building, in the Huruma area of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: AP

A KENYAN woman has been rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building in Nairobi.

A crowd applauded in celebration as the woman was carried away on a stretcher with an oxygen tank by her side. The rescue was broadcast live on Kenyan television.

Before engineers managed to break through the slabs of concrete that had trapped her, medics had managed to give the woman oxygen and intravenously administer water and glucose, Kenya's Disaster Management Unit said. "This is a miracle," said Pius Masai, the head of the unit.

A baby was also rescued on Tuesday, four days after the building collapsed on Friday, raising hopes more survivors would be found. The death toll from the disaster has risen to 36 and 70 people remain missing.

Irish Independent

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