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Several feared missing after Kenya building collapse

Several people were missing on Tuesday after a seven-storey building collapsed overnight in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, rescue officials said.

Published: 13th June 2017 12:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2017 12:32 PM   |  A+A-

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By AFP

NAIROBI: Several people were missing on Tuesday after a seven-storey building collapsed overnight in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, rescue officials said.

Residents were evacuated to safety when the building developed cracks and then collapsed, police said.

"There are people reported missing in the tragedy," a senior police officer said. 

A total of 121 people are accounted for, said Pius Masai, deputy head of communications at the National Disaster Management Unit.

"It is believed that some people may have been trapped. Rescue efforts are ongoing," he said in a statement.

He "appealed to anyone with cutters, drillers and any other extrication equipment" to support search and rescue efforts.

The incident occurred late Monday in the Quarry area in Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum in the sprawling city's southeast.

Building collapses are a recurrent problem in Kenya, where construction standards are weakened by chronic corruption.

In April 2016, 49 people were killed when a six-storey building collapsed in northeastern Nairobi after torrential rain.

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