Four Missing After Five-Storey Building Collapse in Uthiru, Nairobi County

Amidst the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in Uthiru, Nairobi County, four individuals, including a nanny, two children from one household, and a 10-year-old girl from another residence, are reported missing.

The tragedy unfolded in Nairobi’s Mountain View Ward, Westlands Sub County, along Naivasha Road, near the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Promptly, the Nairobi City County emergency response team mobilized to the scene, aiding in evacuating residents to safety. As of 10:00 pm, all families except for four individuals have been located, according to Nairobi Disaster Management Chief Officer Bramwel Simiyu.

“The four missing persons include a nanny and two children from one household, as well as a 10-year-old girl from another residence.

The father of the girl has arrived at the scene and informed the responders that the girl was home alone,” stated Simiyu.

Rescue operations are ongoing as the Nairobi City County Government deploys specialized equipment, with detailed investigations slated to commence the following day.

The Kenya Red Cross has attended to 10 people with minor injuries on the scene. Meanwhile, at the Epsom View Apartments, a five-storey building on Naivasha Road in Uthiru, Nairobi, the collapse sparked urgent search and rescue efforts.

While most tenants were safely evacuated, concerns remain for two individuals, a minor and an adult who are unaccounted for.

The Kenya Red Cross promptly dispatched a team, collaborating with firefighters from Nairobi City County to aid in rescue operations.

Preliminary reports suggest that four people may be trapped under the rubble, with ten individuals with minor injuries rescued and attended to at the scene.

Nairobi county disaster management chief officer Bramwel Simiyu reported that, as of 10 p.m., all families except for four individuals had been identified.

The cause of the collapse remains unknown, with witnesses reporting structural concerns due to ongoing expansion works and heavy rains.

In Kutus town, Kirinyaga County, twenty families were evacuated after cracks emerged in a three-storey building under construction.

County officials, led by CECM for lands Samuel Kanjobe, swiftly intervened to avert disaster, emphasizing the county government’s commitment to public safety.

Occupants expressed fear and anxiety following incidents of falling building materials, underscoring the urgency of ensuring public safety in the aftermath of such incidents.

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