Huruma building tragedy death toll rises to 21

By KBC Reporters

The number of people who died in the Huruma Building that collapsed has risen to 21 as 135 others were rescued from the rubble of the six-storey residential block.

A total of 65 are still unaccounted for, with reports indicating that more people were still trapped under the wreckage of the building.

Rescue efforts led by the Red Cross and the National Disaster Management in conjunction with the armed forces and NYS are still ongoing albeit slow with the river that is adjacent to the building that collapsed impeding accessibility to the site.

Rescuers are complaining of being unable to move equipment onto some parts of the scene to help with heavy lifting.

In the meantime, the government is now accusing the judiciary for being an impediment in ensuring sanity in the building sector.

Players in the industry claim the collapsed Huruma building was among 57 houses that had been earmarked for demolition two months ago but the owners rushed to court to stop the process.

Moses Nyakiongora from the survey and building inspection unit at the ministry of infrastructure says the Huruma house had been marked since 2007 as an illegal structure but the developer used the courts to frustrate the demolition exercise.

The authority says it lacks legal teeth to carry out its mandate terming court injections as the biggest impediment to its work.

According to the board of registration of architects it suspects that the owner Samuel Kamau” may have contracted quacks in the profession to carry out the construct works.

Former LSK chairperson Erick Mutua wants the government to ensure that Nairobi county government officers, who authorized construction of the Huruma building brought to account.

Mutua says such buildings are in existence due to corrupt individual who don’t value life

Nairobi residents have been cautioned to be vigilant and insist to be presented with an occupation certificate from land lords to ascertain the safety of the houses they occupy.

And as the rescue efforts continue residents have been fleeing the area as rains continue in the city.

Meanwhile, residents whose houses are adjacent to the collapsed building have been urged to evacuate since those too are in danger of caving in but they have  defied the order to evacuate, saying they have nowhere else to go.

Ngei Ward Administrator Allan Isaboke said officials may resort to using police to move people because the situation is a matter of life and death.

 

 

 

  

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