Kisii building collapse kills at least seven, 30 feared trapped

A man is rescued from rubble of the Kisii building on Oct 11. Photo: Benson Momanyi/Nation
A man is rescued from rubble of the Kisii building on Oct 11. Photo: Benson Momanyi/Nation
A four storey building collapsed in the Mwembe area of Kisii town on Wednesday morning, killing at least seven people, with 30 feared trapped, police and officials have said.

The building that was under construction at Mwembe on Kisii-Kilgoris road collapsed at around 8:15am killing two workers on the spot, with dozens others buried alive in the rubble.

It is believed that about 25 people were working at the site when the incident happened.

Kisii county disaster management team leader Julius Tinega said on Wednesday evening that rescue efforts were underway and that 24 people had been pulled out of the rubble.

“We have been able to rescue several people who were trapped in the debris,” said Mr Tinega.

Cases of building collapsing are increasingly becoming frequent in the country amid concerns that greedy developers are bypassing building regulations to lower costs and maximise returns.

READ: Why buildings collapse so frequently in Kenya

In November last year, a 10-storey building that was under construction collapsed in Kisii town killing 6 people. The building was the second in less than six years to collapse in the neighbourhood that is considered as a wetland.

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