One body pulled out of Ruai building rubble

Rescue operation at the site of the four storey building that collapsed in Ruai on Saturday morning has been called off.

The rescue team managed to pull out the body of a female who is believed to be the only victim of the tragedy.

The woman who has since been identified is said to have been in a lodging housed in the building.

Initially, there were fears that there were two people trapped in the building, but police say reports confirmed that the deceased was alone at the time of the incident

And after hours of search, the teams finally pulled the body of a lady at around 10pm Saturday night.

The building which housed a lodging is said to have been earmarked for demolition by the National Construction Authority after cracks started appearing.

The body of the woman was recovered Saturday night

Area MP Mercy Gakuyu said despite the warning by the authority to vacate the building, only a few people heeded while others chose to remain.

The unfortunate incident comes barely two days after a six storey building under construction collapsed on Wednesday night in Juja where no casualties were reported.

The weatherman says heavy rainfall will continue over counties in western, south and central Rift Valley, Southeastern, Isiolo and Samburu and Central parts of Kenya including Nairobi.

Meanwhile, Nairobi county will spend 32 million shillings to improve drainage infrastructure in areas prone to floods as part of mitigation measures.

Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko,  said the county has also set aside a budget to hire casuals and lease more equipment to deal with the current flooding. Youths will be hired on a casual basis program that will provide a response to emergency issues.

Sonko has also directed Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to hasten the process of unlocking the systems all over the county. The floods hotspots include Ruai, Njiru, South C, the Central Business District, Kawangware, Runda, Doonholm, Ridgeways, Thome and Lang’ata.

He said the county is engaging road agencies mainly Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya National Highways Authority to ensure drainage systems in projects they are implementing within the City are successful.

The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company has also increased surveillance and enhanced its response to blocked sewer lines.



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