Rescue workers in Kenya’s capital have pulled three more survivors from the ruins of an apartment building that collapsed nearly a week ago. That brings to four the number of people found alive Thursday in the rubble of the six-story complex.
The Kenyan Red Cross says “one male and two female” survivors were freed from the rubble late in the day.
Earlier, rescue crews pulled out a woman who was taken by ambulance to a Nairobi hospital.
The death toll from the collapse stands at 36, with dozens more still missing. Nearly 140 people have been rescued from the building in Nairobi’s low-income, highly-populated Huruma neighborhood.
On Tuesday, rescuers extricated a baby girl who was later reunited with her father. Officials said the 6-month-old was dehydrated but suffered no major injuries.
On Monday, authorities arrested Samuel Kamau, the owner of the collapsed building. He was expected in court this week.
The building had been condemned by authorities. There has been no official explanation as to why the evacuation order went ignored.
The building was close to a river. Homes nearby were declared unsafe, as rains caused a series of floods and landslides.
President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit of every building in the country last year after eight structures collapsed, killing at least 15 people. A report from the Architectural Association of Kenya estimates that half of the structures in Nairobi are not up to code.
SOURCE: VOICE OF AMERICA