Team rescues four people after building collapses in Mkuru slums

At least four people were rescued on the night of Monday, May 20, from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Mkuru Fuata Nyayo, south of Nairobi.

Rescuers said Tuesday they did not believe any other people were there when they closed the site.

This occurred after the three-story building collapsed.

The structure is among those demolished by government agencies for being on riverine land and following flooding that killed many people in the area and other parts of the country.

Demolition crews abandoned the structure and others, giving space for people to search for building materials there, not realizing the dangers there.

The rescue team said they had pulled four people from the rubble after clearing two floors of the building.

Witnesses said the group was digging into the pillars of the structure, which weakened it and caused it to collapse.

Makadara police commander Judith Nyongesa said about five people were searching for scrap metal at the building, which was demolished three days ago.

He added that three of the victims were rescued earlier when the building collapsed, while one was pulled from the first floor.

“We have gone through the rubble and we can say that there is no one there yet,” he said.

He added that after a night search no more people were found.

Nyongesa, who was leading a multi-agency rescue operation including the Kenya Defense Forces, the Red Cross and the Nairobi County Government, said the operation indicated that the area was very close to the river, making it difficult to rescue teams will venture out. .

It was also at night, authorities said.

“Gangs looking for scrap metal come from afar and we are now focusing on abandoned houses to make sure they are not allowed in.”

The incident comes less than a week after another building scheduled for demolition collapsed in the Kiamaiko area of ​​Mathare while a group of youths were searching for scrap metal.

Many of these structures lie unattended in the area.

The demolitions have left hundreds of people homeless.

The floods have killed more than 300 people and displaced many.