12 December 2012

Kenya: Kisii Collapsed Building Kills One

A 24-year-old man died on Monday evening and another injured at Kenyenya district after a two storey building collapsed. Patrick Luka and Henry Mauti, 30, took shelter under the condemned building following a downpour.

Luka died at the scene of the accident while Mauti is undergoing treatment at a local hospital. DC Kaburu Kaimba said the building was condemned by public works engineers more than four years ago.

"The owner was using substandard materials," Kaimba said. A Red Cross team led by chairman Fred Mititi led a rescue team yesterday morning.

"We moved to the scene to establish whether there was anybody who was trapped but after one hour we found none," Mititi said. By the time of going to press the identity of the building's owner had not been established but Ng'etich said they are looking for him. The body was removed to the scene to Kisii level-5 hospital mortuary awaiting a postmortem.

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