Nairobi Building Collapse: Authorities Destroy Deathtraps

The demolition of buildings that are found unfit for human habitation have begun today in the area where the six-storey building collapsed some days back.

The idea to demolish buildings that are not fit to shelter human beings came up after the collapse of the six storey building that trapped 90 and killed over 30 other people.

The first structure that was knocked down by the authorities was a network of eight low-rise buildings with about 600 people living there.

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People who are affected by the building demolition that’s ongoing in the area have been distressed over the demolition and are looking for a way out of their dilemma as they say they were only notified  about the demolition just a day ago.

A few also revealed that they don’t have the finances to move and don’t even know or have a place to head to at the time.


In response to the people’s claims that the notification period was short, authorities say they notified the affected people a week ago to vacate.

The search to find more survivors of the building collapse in the Huruma district by the Red Cross is still ongoing with yesterday being a remarkable day as five people were rescued alive including Elizabeth Night Odhiambo.


Rescuers had heaved out heavy concrete slabs to reach Elizabeth, who was pregnant. Crowds cheered as the 24-year-old woman was rescued.

Animals were also pulled out alive including a tiny colony of rabbits that were found earlier this week.

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Military forces, firefighters and volunteers resumed looking for lives with more desperation after survivors were found six days after the incident.

Military spokesman David Obonyo told AP news agency that trained dogs and special equipment were brought in to detect breathing and movement.

The owners of the building that collapsed were taken into custody but were released on a $5,000 (£3450) bail on Wednesday and are now awaiting formal charges.

Because the building that collapsed was just one out of the over 60 other dilapidated buildings in the area, the government took the initiative to demolish the others to that are regarded as deathtraps, avoid a repeat of such incidence.


So far, authorities say about eight buildings deemed unfit to live in have been destroyed in the district of Huruma while 200 more are set to follow.

Another 90 houses will be knocked down in the same area before they move to other affected areas like Roysambu, Hazina, Zimmerman, Kahawa West, Umoja and Dagoretti.


Officials say many of the houses were built with substandard materials on unsafe grounds with weak foundations especially since adequate foundations can be costly.

A big part of Nairobi’s four million people find shelter in low-income areas or slums, housing is in high demand, and unethical developers often overlook regulations hence the recurrent situation of houses that are built on really weak foundations. The authorities have encouraged people who must build to ensure that the foundations of their houses are adequate to avoid making a death trap or having the government earmark it for demolition.