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At least three killed after residential building collapses in Kenya  

27 others injured following building collapse.
Rescue teams search the scene where a building collapsed in Nairobi, Kenya December 6, 2019. Image: Baz Ratner, Reuters

At least three people were killed and 27 injured on Friday when a residential building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, police said, as rescue workers struggled to free a woman who was screaming from under the rubble.

Scores of people were clustered around, held back by a cordon, waiting to find news of their family and friends as police and a mechanical digger worked through the wreckage.

The Kenya Red Cross said 11 people had been rescued by late afternoon, about five hours after the six-storey building collapsed. It was not immediately clear how many people had been inside.

“Three people have died, and 27 others have been rushed to hospital. One was seriously injured,” Reuben Ndolo, the Nairobi regional police commander, told Reuters.

The East African nation has seen similar tragedies in the past. Forty-nine people died in 2016 when another building collapsed during a heavy night-time downpour in a poor neighbourhood.

The latest incident happened in the overcrowded Eastlands part of the city, near the scene where a seven-storey building also collapsed in 2017.

In 2017, the then governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero said there were 30 000 to 40 000 buildings at risk in the city as they had been built without approval.

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One wonders if these buildings were built by the Chinese?

And from imported cement.

This collapse of residential buildings happens in Nairobi every so many years, often ‘after the rain’. The last time this happened when I was there between 2015 and 2017 and the government swore that it will clean out illegal permits, and building permiting, as well as building ‘illegal’ buildings on hijacked land, and undertook to never let this happen again. What do you know, hardly two years later, another building collapse, because ‘of heavy rains’. Ha, this would be a joke it it wasn’t so funny. The truth is it is deadly serious because of pervasive and endemic corruption in Kenya. People take the view there, that if you are a government official and don’t demand bribes, and you retire poor, its your own stupidity!!!

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