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Two people dead after a building under construction collapses in Ruaka, Kiambu

By HARRIET MUGO

Two people were killed after a 6-storey building under construction collapsed on them in Ruaka, Thursday.

The two were found dead when rescue operations got underway to retrieve the workers trapped by the concrete rumble.

The incident occurred at 5 am after the building collapsed on a neighbouring house with family members who were asleep at the time believed to be trapped.

Rescue efforts are currently ongoing led by Kiambu County officials and Kenya Defence Forces officials to reach the family members and scout for other people trapped in the rubble.

Witnesses and bystanders were advised to keep a few metres away from the incident as the rescue operation is ongoing.

Witnesses expressed concerns about the trapped family members.

“The building was under construction. The major predicament is the family that was neighbouring the building,” one of the witnesses stated.

The tragedy paints a clear picture of the unscrupulous nature of a section of contractors who in turn endanger the lives of occupants.

It came  two days after a seven-storey building collapsed in Kasarani. Currently, the death toll stands at three as eight people were rescued from the rubble.

According to the National Construction Authority (NCA), 3 out of 10 buildings under construction in Nairobi county have been found to be non-compliant.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja sounded a warning to unethical developers who risk Kenyans’ lives due to non-compliance.

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