Authorities in Kenya have arrested the owner of a building that collapsed Friday in the capital, Nairobi, as the death toll from the accident rose to at least 21 people.
Samuel Kamau, the owner of the six-story residential building, is expected to appear in court this week.
Rescue workers say dozens of people who lived in the apartment complex are still missing, but that hopes are fading of finding more survivors in the rubble. About 135 people have been rescued.
The residential building, located in a low-income, highly populated Huruma neighborhood in Nairobi, had been condemned by authorities. There has been no official explanation from government officials as to why the evacuation order went ignored.
The building, which was close to a river, collapsed following heavy rains that caused flooding and landslides in many areas of Nairobi. Nearby homes also were declared unsafe.
On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta called for the arrest of the building’s owner.
Kenyatta had ordered an audit of every building in the country last year after eight buildings collapsed, killing at least 15 people. A report from the Architectural Society of Kenya estimates that half of the structures in Nairobi are not up to code.
Kenya’s growing middle class has caused an increase in demand for housing in the city, but building materials used in Nairobi’s recent construction boom have come into question.
SOURCE: VOICE OF AMERICA