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May 1, 2016

15 people killed, 132 rescued as heavy rains wreak havoc in Nairobi

A total of 15 people have been confirmed dead following heavy rains that have wreaked havoc in Nairobi.
Eight were killed after a three-storey building collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi. Rescue efforts are still underway, but 132 people have been rescued so far.

“Seven people are confirmed dead and 121 people have been rescued and rushed to various hospitals in Nairobi.The search and rescue operation is ongoing for people feared trapped inside the collapsed building of the six-storey building,” Japheth Koome, Nairobi County police boss stated.The Kenya Red Cross society (KRC) has stated that three adults and a child were pulled from the building and rushed to hospital on Friday night, with others being rescued on Saturday morning.
Rescuers say that 150 families were affected by the late night building collapse and KRC has set up rescue center where families can trace their loved ones.
Four others were killed on Lenana Road while two passed away on Lusaka road after their car was swept away by floods.
KRC estimates that over 1000 people have been displaced in Muruku and Mathare alone, with many others being affected by the rains that have pounded the city over the last three days.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has expressed his condolences for those who have lost their loved ones, saying that his government is doing all it can to mitigate the effects of the floods.

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