Kware Building Collapse – A 7-storey building in Kware pipeline area in Embaksi, Nairobi collapsed at around 10 pm on Monday night with as many as 15 people feared trapped.
Over four levels of the building sank into the ground from the foundation. Per police reports, about 121 people have been accounted for while some are yet to be found.
A woman and her three children who refused to heed warnings to vacate the building are feared trapped under the debris.
Rescue teams including the Natural Disaster Management Unit (NDMU), Kenya Defense Forces and the Kenya Red Cross were immediately deployed to the scene.
Photos from the scene show NDMU excavators at work, clearing debris in search of possible survivors.
Also, residents of a nearby 8-storey building have been asked to temporarily vacate as a precautionary measure.
Residents of the collapsed building said that the structure began showing signs of collapse about a week ago forcing many to vacate.
The situation got worse over the weekend when a huge crack appeared on the ground floor plaster.
The owner of the house identified as Kinuthia began repairs on Sunday, notwithstanding, the building began caving at about 6 pm on Monday evening.
Police arrived at the scene at about 7 pm helping to rescue some tenants before the building came crashing down at around 10 pm.
Owing to the quick evacuation, residents left their belongings behind.
“We found workers plastering parts of the ground floor. We thought it was a normal repair, but yesterday, a big crack appeared on the stairs that was when we realised it was serious,” said a rescued tenant Mr Mosomo Elisali.
According to City Hall, the structure built in 2007 was unapproved and unplanned.
While the cause of the collapse is yet to be traced, Kware MCA Ken Ngoni claimed the building was built on a wetland with substandard materials.
He said that the building has previously been repaired thrice after cracks appeared.
Nairobi Lands executive Christopher Khaemba said; “Kware area was unplanned. No developments are allowed there. But you find that most of these developers were brought by politicians.”
Last year, about 50 people lost their lives when a Hurama estate in Nairobi collapsed