NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A police official says two people died and 38 others were rescued Sunday night when an eight-story residential building collapsed in Nairobi.
Nairobi police official Benson Kibue said one of the victims died on arrival at Hospital and a child’s body was retrieved from the rubble in the lower-income Huruma area.
Kenya Red Cross official Nick Thiongo said dozens of the building residents cannot be traced. Nairobi County Chief Planner Tom Odongo said the upper floors were being built in quick succession, putting pressure on the lower floors. Last month eight people died when a building collapsed in Kaloleni another lower-income area of Nairobi.
Because of high demand for housing in Nairobi, some property developers often bypass building regulations to cut costs and maximize profits.