Ten killed as six-storey building collapses in Kenyan capital

Ten people have died after a six-storey building collapsed amid heavy rain in Nairobi, a minister said on Saturday.

First responders rescued 134 people from the rubble of the building in the Kenyan capital's Huruma neighbourhood, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said.

The building was improperly approved for construction and the owner would be arrested, Nkaissery said.

Boni Wandera, one of those who took part in the rescue operation, said the building was built on a swamp and had been earmarked for demolition before its collapse late on Friday.

"I took part in the rescue at night," he told dpa at the scene of the collapse.

"I personally helped to rescue six people. One of the people I rescued was a 2-year-old child.

The rest of the survivors had fractured limbs but the child did not have any fractures. I could spot the baby was in shock."

The government has ordered the evacuation of adjacent buildings over concerns that they too are unsafe.

Last update: Sat, 30/04/2016 - 18:31

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