Kenya: Two Confirmed Dead, More Trapped in Tassia Collapsed Building

6 December 2019

At least two people have been confirmed dead after a six-storey building collapsed in Tassia Estate in Embakasi East, Nairobi county.

This is according to Kenya Red Cross, which has also confirmed that the 11 people who were successfully rescued from the rubble of the collapsed building are receiving medical treatment.

Briefing the media, Nairobi Regional Commissioner Wilson Njenga said a multi-agency team, comprising the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the National Disaster Management Unit, the Kenya Road Cross among others, is on the ground aiding in the rescue operations.

Njenga added that preliminary investigations indicated that the six-storey building which had 46 units came tumbling down at 8am on Friday due to structural defects.

The Kenya Red Cross has since erected a tent at the scene, where relatives of those affected by the incident can receive and provide relevant information to also help establish how many more people are still trapped inside.

"Psychosocial support services and tracing desk has been set up a block away from the incident," said Red Cross.

It was not immediately clear how many tenants were in their houses when disaster struck.

The owner of the residential flat, who was expected to avail tenancy records, is yet to be traced.

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