15 missing as seven-storey building collapses in Kware

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Zaidi ya watu 15 hawajulikani walipo baada ya jengo la ghorofa saba kuanguka usiku wa kuamkia leo, katika kijiji cha Kware, Embakasi, Nairobi.

Gazeti la dada la Mwananchi, The Daily Nation (mtandaoni) limeandika kuwa watu zaidi ya 120 wameokolewa baada ya kufunikwa na kifusi wakati jengo hilo lilipoanguka.

Akihojiwa na gazeti hilo, Joas Nemati, mmoja wa wapangaji katika jengo hilo amesema, mafundi walionekana jana saa 7 mchana wakikarabati ufa mkubwa uliokuwa katika jengo hilo katika moja ya ngazi na wakawahakikishia wapangaji hao kuwa lipo salama.

“Lakini ilipofika saa 12 jioni mke wa Nemati alimuita na kumwambia kuwa wapangaji wameambiwa waondoke haraka kwa kuwa jengo hilo linaanguka,” amesema.

Mratibu wa shughuli za uokoaji Pius Masai amesema kuwa zaidi ya watu 100 wameokolewa lakini akaongeza kuwa huenda watu wengi zaidi wamekwama.

Aprili mwaka huu, watu 49 walifariki dunia nchini humo wakati jengo jingine la ghorofa lilipoporomoka baada ya mvua kubwa kunyesha.



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About 15 people are missing after an seven-storey building collapsed in a residential area in Kware Pipeline, Embakasi, rescue services said on Tuesday.

City Hall said the building, which was put up in 2007, was unplanned and was not approved.

"Kware area was unplanned. No developments are allowed there. But you find that most of these developers were brought by politicians,” said Nairobi Lands executive Christopher Khaemba.

Police are looking for the owner of the building, only identified as Karanja.

So far, 121 people have been accounted for after they were evacuated moments before the building collapsed. The incident occurred on Monday night with the owner of the building unknown.

Pictures on Kenya Red Cross' Twitter feed showed a pile of broken concrete blocks and bent metal.

The operations were hampered by lack of heavy excavation machines and poor roads.

"There has been delays because of the state of the roads," a police officer in charge of the operations said noting that the operations were still ongoing.

Saint John's Ambulance said three days earlier, the building had shown imminent signs of collapse, including cracks and bending of walls, and most tenants had vacated.

"As at Monday, the structure started to cave in at around 6pm and finally came down at about 10pm," Communications Manager Fred Majiwa said.

Majiwa said the cause of the collapse has not been established adding that it is likely to be poor workmanship and use of substandard materials.

Witnesses said the building had been condemned after a number of cracks opened up on its walls.

Kenya has seen similar tragedies in the past. A total of 49 people died mid-last year when another building collapsed during a heavy, nighttime downpour in a poor neighbourhood.

On May 10, one of the survivors of a building collapse in Kirinyaga died.

The building collapsed at around 8 am, trapping several construction workers.
 

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