At least two people have been killed, six have been injured and 14 individuals are unaccounted for after a building collapsed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The Red Cross immediately dispatched emergency crews to the scene.
There have been several instances in the past few years of building collapses in Kenya. In 2006, 11 people were killed and dozens more were injured in Nairobi when a building collapsed. Three years later, another Kenyan building collapsed and caused harm to those in the building and the teams involved in rescue efforts.
For years now, Kenya has been criticized for its paucity of enhanced building safety regulations. A 2009 report from the nation’s architecture association noted that two-thirds of Kenya’s buildings do not meet the required safety standards.
On Tuesday, at least two people were killed inside of a collapsed six-floor building that was under construction near a main Nairobi highway and the international airport, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.
A spokesperson for an ambulance service, Fred Majiwa, said at least six people have been wounded, who were sent to the Kenyatta National Hospital, and another 14 have been unaccounted for, reports All Africa.
The Kenyan government and the Red Cross have dispatched emergency response teams in order to help free victims who are trapped under the rubble. Caterpillars are on site to lift the rubble and to get rescue teams access to pull the trapped people out.
“The victims were pulled out of the rubble dead. Witnesses say there were many workers at the site when the building collapsed,” said Nelly Muluka, Red Cross Communications Manager, in an interview with Capital News Kenya.
George Adonda and Peter Mwangangi, both construction workers, say that they were plastering the walls at the time of the sudden collapse, which brought scores of onlookers to the scene.
It has not been confirmed what caused the collapse, but allegations have already been made that it was due to poor workmanship.