2 dead, 25 hospitalized after building under construction collapses

Two people were confirmed dead while 24 others were hospitalized after a four storey building collapsed at Mwembe estate, in the outskirts of Kisii town.

The casualties are mainly construction workers and tenants who had rented the ground floor of the building which contained five apartments on each floor.

Kisii County governor James Ongwae described the incident as tragic adding that precious lives had been lost in the incident.

Ongwae said the casualties are admitted at various hospitals within the town including Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) and Christamarian hospital as rescuers strived to pull out those trapped in the rubble.

He lauded the rescuers and residents for their quick response and working tirelessly to rescue the victims saying those at KTRH were in stable condition.

Area County Commissioner Godfrey Kigochi said he would remain at the site to ensure rescue work went on smoothly as investigations continue to unravel the cause of the tragedy.

Area OCPD Mr. Francis Nguli said the building collapsed at 8.30 am and by noon, 26 people had been rescued alive and rushed to the hospitals while 30 others remain trapped.

Nguli appealed to people with drilling and cutting machines to join the rescue operation. He also appealed to the public to keep off the site to allow emergency service providers to perform their task uninterrupted.

County Health Chief Officer Raymond Oigara denied nurses strike would affect treatment for the victims adding the hospital resources had been mobilized to cater for the current need.

Kisii Central MCA Kepha Mogaka called upon the construction supervisor to take responsibility for suspected shoddy job on the building.

Mogaka wondered why the supervisor failed to ensure the building construction met the prescribed requirement after every storey.

Source: Kenya News Agency