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Two Children Rescued From Rubble of Collapsed Building in Kenya

Emergency personnel carry a woman rescued from the rubble of a building that collapsed in a residential area of Nairobi, Kenya June 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Nairobi: Two children were pulled alive on Tuesday from the wreckage of a seven-storey building in a residential area of Nairobi, rescue services said, nearly 24 hours after the building collapsed.

The Kenya Red Cross said the two children were rescued from the rubble minutes apart. A woman was also found but died before she could be removed from the site. The children were rushed to hospital.

“We have pulled out three…Two children, a boy and a girl all are alive,” Barsdley Nyangi, a rescuer with the National Disaster Management Unit, told

Earlier in the day, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, speaking at the scene of the collapse, said 30,000 to 40,000 buildings built without approval in Kenya’s capital were at risk.

Residents said tenants of the building, part of a low-income neighborhood called Pipeline Estate in southern Nairobi, near the international airport, had noticed cracks in the walls a week earlier. The building owners plastered over them with cement.


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