Over 150 affected after building collapses in Huruma - Daily Nation

Red Cross team searches for trapped residents in collapsed Huruma building

Friday April 29 2016

National Youth Service officers help remove rubble to rescue residents trapped inside a six-storey building that collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi on April 29, 2016 following heavy rainfalls that pounded the city. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

National Youth Service officers help remove rubble to rescue residents trapped inside a six-storey building that collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi on April 29, 2016 following heavy rainfalls that pounded the city. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOEL MUINDE
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Three children and one adult have so far been rescued by the Kenya Red Cross team at the site of a residential building that collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi late Friday night following downpour in the city.

Helping hands. The scene of the collapsed building in Huruma in Nairobi on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Helping hands. The scene of the collapsed building in Huruma in Nairobi on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The four people have been transported to the Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

Rescue operations ongoing at the Huruma collapsed building in Nairobi on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rescue operations ongoing at the Huruma collapsed building in Nairobi on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Speaking to the Nation on phone, the Kenya Red Cross communications manager Arnolda Shiundu said 'it was a complete building collapse' and that the scene on the ground is chaotic as crowds build up around and on the rubble.

Ms Shiundu said the security services are onsite to restore order and help ensure the safe retrieval of trapped residents.

A child after receiving first aid waits to be taken to the hospital for further check-ups after she was rescued from the Huruma building that collapsed on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A child after receiving first aid waits to be taken to the hospital for further check-ups after she was rescued from the Huruma building that collapsed on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Many people are feared trapped, possibly killed, in the collapsed six-storey building that is located in Ngei Ward in Mathare Constituency.

Kenya Red Cross search and rescue team is leading efforts to find trapped residents in a building that collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi on April 29, 2016. Three children and one adult have been rescued and taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya Red Cross search and rescue team is leading efforts to find trapped residents in a building that collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi on April 29, 2016. Three children and one adult have been rescued and taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital. At least 150 people are out in the cold and are seeking shelter in the chief's camp after the collapse rendered them homeless. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

According to the Kenya Red Cross Twitter account, over 150 people are out in the cold and have sought shelter at the chief's camp.

Kenya Red Cross search and rescue team is onsite but has yet to confirm reports of any fatalities.

Rescue teams prepare to move in to evacuate people trapped inside the collapsed Huruma building on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rescue teams prepare to move in to evacuate people trapped inside the collapsed Huruma building on April 29, 2016. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Three people died earlier in the city when a perimeter wall on Lenana Road collapsed on them as they shielded from the rain.

Three more people were injured in the freak accident and taken to the hospital.

Kilimani police chief, Peter Katam, said the wall of the house between the Russian Embassy and Department of Defence came down during the heavy downpour that rocked the city

Police said the dead were two men and a woman. Their identities are yet to be established.

Nairobi was hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday.

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