Several people still missing after a collapsed building in Uthiru

The military Wednesday joined a search and rescue mission at a collapsed building in Nairobi’s Uthiru area.

Even though other officials said all the 34 tenants of the collapsed building had been located, others said they are yet to access the ground floor.

This prompted the rescuing team to seek the help of the personnel from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) who they argued had expertise.

Nairobi police commander Adamson Bungei said the search teams had yet to access and check on the ground floor which had been submerged after the collapse.

“They are here to help in pacifying the site,” he said.

Among others, the teams are using sniffer dogs for the mission.

The five-storey building collapsed on Tuesday evening with tenants still in there.

This has been attributed to heavy rains that have been experienced in the country.

But officials said they are investigating the incident.

Scene of the collapsed building.

Nairobi Disaster Management Chief Officer Bramwel Simiyu said no casualties have been reported from the incident.

He allayed fears of four missing residents who earlier included a 10-year-old girl saying the concerns have been cleared.

“The building was sinking slowly, and all the residents were able to jump out and manage to exit the building,” Simiyu said.

However, he said the county government emergency team will continue to scour the area.

Simiyu said there is one house with a gas flame that was allowed to burn out safely.

“The County Government is providing immediate humanitarian aid for the night and plans to provide further support and facilitate reintegration,” he said.

The incident happened along Naivasha Road, near the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Floods have killed more than 240 people and displaced thousands.

This has forced among others the postponement of the official opening of schools in the country.

The government is rushing to address the crisis of those trapped by the raging waters amid fears of a breakout of cholera.

On Tuesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki ordered the evacuation of over 200 families from villages in Kijabe over the threat of landslides.

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