Building collapses in Ruaka, one person trapped


The five-storey building that collapsed in Ruai on Monday night. Photo/COURTESY
The five-storey building that collapsed in Ruai on Monday night. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Reports indicate that police and Kenya Red Cross officials who arrived at the scene managed to save one other person from the rubble.
  • There was a power blackout in Ruaka area shortly after the building collapsed.
  • This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred in Ruaka; in 2014, one person died after another building under construction caved in.

A five-story building that was under construction collapsed in Ruaka on Monday evening.

The incident occurred near Ndenderu area, off Limuru Road shortly before midnight.

“One person is reported to be trapped. Rescue efforts underway,” a statement from the Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter.

Reports indicate that police and Kenya Red Cross officials who arrived at the scene managed to save one other person from the rubble.

“Response teams are at the scene. Details to follow,” the Kenya Red Cross added.

There was a power blackout in Ruaka shortly after the building collapsed.

Residents urged Kenya Power and Lighting Company officials to urgently dispatch disaster response teams.

“Send your engineers at Gacharage, Ruaka Jamuka Drive urgently. A house under construction has collapsed and part of the collapsed building is leaning on the main line. No power around the area,” one Richard Gitau said on Twitter.

 

This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred in Ruaka; in 2014, one person died after another building under construction caved in.

Two years later, a family escaped unhurt after a residential building they were living in, that was still under construction, collapsed in Kimbo, Juja.

In the same year, tenants of Lancore Apartments in Ruaka were ordered to vacate after the building began sinking in.

 

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