Twelve killed as six-storey building collapses in Kenyan capital

At least twelve people have died after a six-storey building collapsed amid heavy rain in Nairobi, the Kenyan Red Cross said Saturday.

Medical teams have treated 134 others for injuries, while 69 people have been reported to the Red Cross as missing.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the building in the Kenyan capital's Huruma neighbourhood was improperly approved for construction and the owner would be arrested.

Boni Wandera, one of those who took part in the rescue operation, said the building was built on a swamp and had been earmarked for demolition before its collapse late on Friday.

"I took part in the rescue at night," he told dpa at the scene of the collapse.

"I personally helped to rescue six people. One of the people I rescued was a 2-year-old child.

The rest of the survivors had fractured limbs but the child did not have any fractures. I could spot the baby was in shock."

The government has ordered the evacuation of adjacent buildings over concerns that they too are unsafe.

Last update: Sat, 30/04/2016 - 22:22
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