Death toll rises to 10 in Tassia building tragedy

Death toll rises to 10 in Tassia building tragedy
Six storey building collapsed in Tassia Estate in Embakasi Constituency. PHOTO| COURTESY

The death toll from the building that collapsed in Tassia Estate in Embakasi Constituency has risen to 10 after three more bodies were recovered on Sunday evening.

According to Embakasi OCPD David Apima, the three include two children and a male adult.

One more survivor was also rescued, bringing the number of survivors to 36.

As of Sunday morning, the death toll was seven after the bodies of a man and a woman were retrieved from the rubble on Saturday night.

A multi-agency rescue team comprised of the Kenya Defence Forces, the National Disaster Management Unit and the Kenya Red Cross, continues to drill through the layers of concrete slab and shells of the storeys stacked on each other.

According to the Kenya Red Cross, seven people remain unaccounted for and are feared to be still trapped in the rubble of the six-storey building that collapsed on Friday.

The rescue operation has been made more complex and difficult, because of the people still trapped within the rubble. Any wrong move could come at a heavy cost.

“We still don’t know how long this operation will take… We cannot say for sure,” said Embakasi  Assistant County Commissioner James Wanyoike on Saturday.

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