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Rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 12 dead

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 01:22

As the death toll rises in a Nairobi building collapse, Kenyan authorities tell residents in some 200 nearby homes to leave the area in case other structures are also at risk of collapsing following heavy rains. Mana Rabiee reports.

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With daylight, rescue workers race to save more people from the rubble of a six-story building in Nairobi. Days of heavy rain caused the building in this poor neighborhood east of the Kenyan capital to collapse overnight. At least 12 bodies have been pulled out and more than 120 people have been taken to the hospital. Rescuers are sifting through the rubble with their bare hands although two excavator vehicles were finally brought in to help move the masonry. The building had close to 200 rooms and the workers say they can hear the voices of people still trapped - it's unclear how many there may be. Residents blame shoddy or illegal construction for collapses like this -- which have happened before after heavy rains. One official says many of the nearby houses were built without permits, some 200 houses could be affected, he says, and he's asked residents to leave the area. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the disaster site and ordered the owners of the building arrested. He's told officials to immediately survey the houses here to locate any that might be at risk of collapsing. That won't mean much to the residents waiting for word of their missing loved ones -- or those finding themselves suddenly without a home.

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Rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 12 dead

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 01:22