Eight-story building collapsed in Kenya’s capital making victims Sunday night

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38 people were rescued, however possibly some others are still feared trapped. Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and first aid charity, St. John Ambulance, are coordinating the rescue operation. The construction had not been approved by Nairobi County Chief Planner because was supposed to be a a five and not eight story building. As in many similar cases, because of high demand for housing in Nairobi, some property developers bypass building regulations to cut costs and maximize profits. This is, unfortunately, a high risk and residents were even warned to not occupy it. The incident came barely a month after another residential flat collapsed in Nairobi’s Kaloleni Estate. Architectural Society of Kenya had previously estimated that 50 percent of structures in Nairobi are not up to code.

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