9 People Feared Dead as Building Collapses in Kisii

At least 9 people have been killed, this is after a 10-storey building collapsed in Kisii on the 10th November. More than 40 people were injured during the incident, 17 have so far been treated and discharged. County ambulances arrived on time at the scene to pick the injured however most were ferried by motorcycles (boda bodas) to the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The building at Daraja Moja-Nyambera Road came tumbling down mid-morning, bringing the town to a standstill as residents rushed to the scene to help with the rescue operations.

The search for more survivors is still going at the scene with the combined efforts by the Red Cross, County Disaster Management Team and St Johns Ambulance. The Kenya Red Cross has already set up a psychological support desk where also one can trace their loved ones. the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) have also joined in the rescue operations. Two bodies were retrieved on Saturday morning, as rescue operations enter the third day.

Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe has stated that the government together with the county, the Kenya Police and Kenya Red Cross are conducting a search and rescue operation with extensive support from locals. The police are looking for the owner the building and the contractor to help in investigations.

The building was still under construction however the ground floor had already been occupied. Among the dead and injured are construction workers and children who were playing near the building. This is the second building to collapse in the same area in span of less than six years. The area is regarded as a water catchment area.

The National Construction Authority (NCA) had suspended twice the construction of the said building after it exceeded the number of floors it had been allowed. A number of buildings in Kisii have been marked as unsafe and their construction stopped. Engineer Chrispus Ndiyo, who is in charge of compliance at the National Construction Authority,  has warned contractors who are not registered with the authority not to put up any building.

Kisii and Nyamira governors James Ongwae and John Nyagarama, respectively visited the scene.

 

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