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Mjengo wadondoka Kenya: Watu 7 Mahututi!!!

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Ab-Titchaz, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Ab-Titchaz

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    Pain and despair in Kiambu catastrophe


    Ms Betty Kimani weeps on Tuesday. Her brother Charles Kamau was in the collapsed building.


    Rescuers on Tuesday received desperate cell phone calls from people who said they were trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building in Kiambu.

    The calls at 3pm, and nearly 24 hours after the collapse, raised the spirits of the rescue team and the hopes of families waiting for news of their missing loved ones.

    The last such call was received on Tuesday at 4am, an hour after two survivors were pulled out of the debris, ending their 12 hours of terror under the rubble.On Tuesday, the callers said they were well but surrounded by masses of collapsed masonry.

    However, the rescue team was concerned that some of the calls were hoaxes. Brigadier Ahmed Mohammed, who was coordinating rescue efforts at the scene last night, told the Nation that efforts to reach some of the men said to be trapped on their phones were fruitless.

    He said one woman, who claimed to have been in touch with her husband who was trapped in the building, gave the rescue team a number that was answered by a different relative. He said he was in Kiambu Town and safe.

    The military team, choosing not to take chances, drilled a hole in the area where the woman said her husband was and found nothing.


    The families of the other missing builders had an agonising day, shuttling between Kiambu District Hospital mortuary and the rescue site.

    Police identified the owner of the five-storey building in Kiambu Town, which came down on Monday at 2.30pm as Mr Kanari Kimani.

    Kiambu police boss Samuel Mukindia appealed to Mr Kimani, whose whereabouts were unknown at the time of going to press, to present himself for an interview, and to provide the plan for his building, which might be crucial in the rescue operation.

    Mr Kimani, popularly known as Kiwaka, is a well known man in Kiambu, and owns several properties in Nairobi, Limuru and Thika.

    At a press briefing last evening, Special Programmes permanent secretary Ali Mohammed said seven people had been confirmed dead while 18 had been rescued. He said six people were missing, but Kiambu Red Cross chairman Henry Simiyu said relatives had reported 17 missing.

    A strong rescue team made of the Army, National Youth Service, Nairobi Fire Brigade, GSU, Red Cross, First Responder, the Public Works Ministry, St John Ambulance and Maranatha Counsellors were fighting to reach those who may still be alive.

    Relatives flocked the three tents set up by the Red Cross to record details of missing persons.

    There were low moments when soldiers and NYS staff dug through the tangled mess of wires and concrete with their bare hands when a limb was spotted, only to bring out four lifeless bodies.

    At the Kiambu hospital mortuary, relatives were hesitant to enter the building to identify their relatives. Some walked back to the collapsed building half a kilometre away to wait for the next recovery.

    It emerged that Kiambu council had approved the ill-fated building.

    Engineers from the Architectural Association of Kenya and the Institute of Engineers of Kenya thought that excavation at the plot next door could have contributed to the collapse.

    Kiambu Town engineer George Kiarie told the Daily Nation he had not been authorised to begin the excavation.

    First stage

    "We had looked at and approved the architectural design, which is the first stage, and we were waiting for the structural design before we can allow the work to begin," said Mr Kiarie.

    The Nation also saw plans for the collapsed building, but the council was quick to point out that the design may not have been followed.

    Mr Richard Chepkwony, a member of the engineers' association, said the material used in the collapsed building seemed to be of poor quality and the consistency of the concrete appeared wrong.

    "Somebody should have been able to detect something was wrong when cracks appeared and stopped construction so that the weak areas could be propped up," said Mr Chepkwony.

    Earlier, Mr Evans Goro, a structural engineer and secretary of the engineers' chapter at the Architectural Association of Kenya, said the neighbouring building site should not have been excavated below the foundation of the existing building without reinforcement.

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    A construction worker who only identified himself as Ouma being recued by Kenya Red Cross officials and members of the public from the rubbles of collapsed in Kiambu town



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    Hao macontructor kama sio wachina feki basi ni wahindi, wazee wa cheap stuffs. ni wazuri kwenye designing lakini always wanamaind kumaxmize profit matokeo yake wanatumia vitu visivyo na ubora na mwishowe ndo dhahama kama hizo hutokea. Poleni jirani zetu, kama sijakosea hii ni mara ya tatu kwa mwaka huu, you must do something
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    Cheap is expensive. Kujenga ni gharama na ni vizuri mambo ya muhimu ya ujenzi kufuatwa bila kupuuzwa ili kuepusha majanga yasiyo ya lazima
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