At least two people have been confirmed dead with several others reported to have sustained injuries when a storey building collapsed in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Friday morning.
Rescue workers say people are still trapped under the rubble of the building which officials say housed 57 single rooms.
The collapse happened in Embakasi – a suburb of Nairobi, known for such building collapses in the past.
“All efforts are being made in order to rescue those who are trapped,” Regional County Commissioner Wilson Njeaga told the BBC.
It is unclear how many people are still trapped with fears the death toll could increase.
Nine people have been rescued so far. Photo: AFPOfficials are yet to ascertain why the building collapsed but in the past such structures collapse because they are constructed with substandard building materials.
Update: At least 10 people safely evacuated following building collapse incident in Tassia Estate, Nairobi. Rescue operation underway with several people feared trapped. pic.twitter.com/2ZspyPcQun
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The responders attending to those trapped are from Kenya Red Cross Society, St John Ambulance, Nairobi County’s fire department, Kenya Police and the Kenya Defence Forces’ Disaster Response Unit (RDU).