7 month old rescued from Huruma Estate collapse

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The First Lady comforts the 7 month old who was rescued after the collapse of the Huruma building. Photo: Twitter/FirstLadykenya

A seven-month-old baby girl has been rescued from Friday’s Huruma district six-storey residential block collapse and reunited with her father.

The baby, Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was found buried in a bucket and is making a good recovery following her rescue, although the fate of her mother is not yet known.

“The child, who had been buried for about 80 hours, was found in a bucket wrapped in a blanket.

“She appeared dehydrated, and with no visible physical injuries.” – Kenya Red Cross

The death toll now stands at 21 people with 132 rescued following the tragedy, which politicians have blamed on poorly constructed buildings.

Kenyan police have now launched a probe and its owner will appear in court in Kenya charged with manslaughter following his arrest yesterday (Monday 2 May) after it emerged that he allegedly did not have permission to rent out the building’s 119 rooms.

The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, who recently returned to the UK from a visit to Kenya, Tweeted that her thoughts were with the families affected by the tragedy and Head of the DFID in Kenya, Pete Vowles, also passed on his condolences to those who had lost loved ones.

The Former High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr Chrisitan Turner, also took to Twitter to praise the ‘ever brilliant’ Kenya Red Cross.

The block, which is the second to collapse within the space of a year, was only constructed five months ago and was filled to capacity.Builders only constructed the now collapsed block five months ago and it was filled to capacity.

Due to the massive demand for new homes some developers have been accused of flouting construction rules in order to cut costs, with the Architectural Society of Kenya estimates that half the new structures in the city do not conform to regulations.

In an audit ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta, 58 per cent of buildings in Nairobi were unsafe and extreme weather has exasperated the situation turning the streets of Nairobi into rivers with around 150 residential properties believed to be affected.

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