Death toll rises to 16, Huruma tragedy

By Beth Nyaga

Rescue operations are still on at the collapsed building in Huruma, Nairobi even as latest report indicates that more bodies have been retrieved from the rubble.

The death toll has since risen to 16 from the initial 12.

According to Kenya Red Cross, 135 people have been rescued so far while 73 others reported as missing.

The rescue operation is being spearheaded by the Kenya Red Cross in collaboration with the National Youth Service and the military.

The collapsed apartment is reported to have been holding over 150 houses.

It is reported that two floors sank into the ground and people are still feared trapped inside.

The six-storey building collapsed on Friday following heavy rains that have been pounding Nairobi and its environs.

Meanwhile, the Nairobi County Government has set aside 2 million shillings to assist victims of Friday tragedy.

Speaking at the scene of the tragedy on Sunday, Nairobi County Governor Dr. Evans Kidero said they will work with victims to ensure their lives revert to normal as soon as possible.


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