At least fourteen people were reported killed in flood-related incidents including a seven-storey building in Kenyan capital Nairobi collapsed in heavy rain.Local coverage from the scene showed a crowd gathering at the Huruma residential estate as rescuers dug for survivorson Friday night.
Police told Kenya’s KTN network that at least 121 people had been rescued.
It is unclear how many people are trapped beneath seven floors of concrete.The rainfall has caused landslides, washed away houses and flooded roads.Police told KTN that 14 people died in the Nairobi rains, including those in the collapse. Another four died when a wall toppled over, officials said.
Steven Oundo, the chair of Kenya’s National Construction Authority, told KTN there would be an investigation into whether the building had a certificate allowing people to live inside.
Because of a high demand for housing in Nairobi, some property developers bypass building regulations to cut costs and maximize profits. The Architectural Society of Kenya has estimated that 50 per cent of structures in Nairobi are not up to code.
Residents said that the building shook violently in the rain before collapsing.