By Claire Wanja
One person died and several others still missing after silos at Golden Harvest Mills in the Industrial Area of Nairobi collapsed following heavy rains that were pounding the city.
According to Kenya Red Cross, efforts are still ongoing to find the remaining people believed to be trapped underneath a pile of unprocessed wheat.
Four people were rescued overnight while 5 more are still missing. 25 workers were in the area at the time of the incident. Two workers who were injured on site were transported to and treated at the Metropolitan Hospital.
“We are in shock and deeply regretful of the incident,” said Aneez Lalji, CEO of Golden Harvest Mills. “We have engineers on site investigating the cause of the collapse and expect the installation company from the United Kingdom in country tomorrow to further inspect and investigate the scene.”
Golden Harvest Mills have suspended all operations until rescue efforts are complete and the site is deemed safe for workers.
According to Pius Masai, the National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director, the exercise will take more time because over 33000 tonnes of wheat pellets have to be removed manually.
The wheat silo is said to have sunk and caused the walls to collapse leaving people who were present at the site trapped.
The latest incident coming as ongoing floods continue to wreak havoc with eighty one deaths already recorded across the country with an estimated 20,000 others displaced since the onset of the ongoing el-nino rains.
Elsewhere, the Commission on Administrative Justice known as the Ombudsman has blamed officials of the Nairobi City County Government for laxity and negligence following the collapse of a seven-storey residential building in Huruma Estate that killed five people, injuring 32 others on the night of 4th January, this year.
In a statement sent to newsrooms Thursday morning, the commission Chair Otiende Amollo says their probe revealed that the City Inspectorate Department was culpable of dereliction of duty for failing to enforce building regulations and in particular for failing to evict tenants and demolish the unsafe building despite having established that it posed danger to human life.
Amollo further said that the team found that the construction industry is infiltrated by non-professionals who masquerade as Architects, Engineers and contractors.