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Rescuers said they could hear the voices of those trapped in the building.

Twelve Dead After Nairobi Building Collapse

WT24 Desk

At least 12 people have died after a six-storey building collapsed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, following days of heavy rain and flooding, agencies report. Kenyan officials said at least 120 people were taken to hospital. Rescuers said they could hear the voices of those trapped in the building.

A large crowd surrounded the residential address as police and rescue workers removed chunks of masonry. TV footage showed the National Youth Service and firefighters removing stones by hand and a crowd cheering as a child was brought out of the rubble.

 Kenya is in the middle of its rainy season.The rescuers’ arrival was delayed because of traffic jams caused by flooded roads. The Kenya Red Cross said people from around 150 households were taking shelter in a nearby village, amid “chaotic scenes”.

A tracing and counselling service was set up nearby, while President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the scene. It is feared some builders in Nairobi are bypassing regulations amid high demand for housing. Area legislator Stephen Kariuki said this was the second building to collapse in a year.

Last year, Mr Kenyatta ordered an audit of all the buildings in the country.  Kenya’s National Construction Authority subsequently found that 58% of buildings in the capital were unfit to live in.

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