40 hurt as building collapses in Kapsabet town, Nandi County

Thursday September 21 2017

Building collapses in Kapsabet town

Rescue teams battle to save lives at the construction site in Kapsabet town, Nandi County, on September 21, 2017. PHOTO | BERNABAS BII | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By STELLA CHERONO
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By BARNABAS BII
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A three-storey building under construction has collapsed in Kapsabet town, Nandi County.

The structure, located Kapsabet-Kisumu highway and said to be a hospital, came tumbling down during construction works at around 1pm on Thursday.

40 INJURED

At least sixty people are said to have been in the building at the time it caved in and came down.

The cause of the collapse is yet to be established.

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Heavy rains and mud hampered rescue operations. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Preliminary reports indicate 40 workers were injured and the whereabouts of 14 workers was yet to be known although some were suspected to be trapped under the rubble.

Kenya Red Cross workers and the police rushed the injured to The Kapsabet Referral Hospital.

"Rescue operation is on going. More updates to follow," said Mr Mwachi Pius Masai, the communication officer of the National Disaster Management Unit.

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Kenya Red Cross workers and the police rushed the injured to The Kapsabet Referral Hospital. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Hundreds of villagers were battling to save lives using hoes and shovels by the time of going to press.

An excavator was also on the site, scooping collapsed concrete and stones.

Heavy rains and lack of proper equipment are hampering rescue operations.

Police had a hectic moment controlling surging crowd that thronged the site.

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Police had a hectic moment controlling a crowd that thronged the site. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It took over an hour before the county government and Public Works ministry officials arrived at the scene.

The construction started four months ago.


Developing story. More follows.