Tuesday 17 July 2018

Four missing in building collapse near Kenyan capital

Kenya’s military is leading rescue operations.

Rescue workers work to remove the debris on the collapsed building (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)
Rescue workers work to remove the debris on the collapsed building (Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

At least four people are feared trapped in rubble after a four-story building collapsed near the Kenyan capital Nairobi, officials say.

Joseph Gichangi, the police chief of the Ruai area, said a watchman who left the building, a guest house, shortly before it collapsed reported four guests inside.

ipanews_7d6217f5-9570-4689-90f1-3f3f8dd64db6_embedded235562893
(Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

Kenya’s military is leading rescue operations.

Building collapses have become common in Nairobi, where four million people live in low-income areas or slums.

Housing is in high demand and unscrupulous developers often bypass regulations.

ipanews_7d6217f5-9570-4689-90f1-3f3f8dd64db6_embedded235562944
(Sayyid Abdul Azim/AP)

After eight buildings collapsed and killed 15 people in Kenya in 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit of all the country’s buildings to see if they were up to standard.

The National Construction Authority found 58% of buildings in Nairobi were unfit for habitation.

Press Association

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News