15 missing after 7 storey building collapses in Nairobi

Nairobi collapsed building
The collapsed building at Kware Pipeline Embakasi. Photo: Twitter/KenyaRedCross

Around 15 people are missing after a seven-storey building collapsed at Kware Pipeline Embakasi sunk and collapsed, aid agencies in Kenya have reported.

Announcing the news very early on Tuesday morning, the Kenya Red Cross said that the building had collapsed in the eastern Nairobi suburb. Saint John Ambulance said 15 people were reported missing, but this has yet to be confirmed by the Red Cross.

Photographs posted online by the Kenya Red Cross show a pile of broken concrete blocks and bent metal from the incident which occurred on Monday night.

According to Kenya Red Cross, the building had been cleared before the collapse. The structure collapsed while rescue personnel were checking the area to make sure no one was in its vicinity. According to St John Ambulance, the building had earlier shown imminent signs of collapse leading to the evacuation.

In the latest report, the Red Cross reported that the first excavator had arrived at the scene.

This isn’t the first time buildings have collapsed in the Kenyan capital. Last year, 7 people were confirmed dead after a building in the Huruma Estate collapsed following heavy rains.

Update: The Kenya Red Cross have revealed that one person was injured in the collapse and taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

However, they have also announced had a monther with her daughter and two sons are still trapped inside.

A tracing hotline has been opened for those wanting to check on family and friends on 0715820219.

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing.