After spending four days under the rubble of a collapsed building in Kenya, an 18-month-old baby has been pulled by rescuers out of the debris of the collapsed six-storeyed building, on Tuesday.
The building collapsed last Friday night, killing about 23 people while some residents are still unaccounted for.
“Good news!” Kenya Red Cross exclaimed “A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours (0300 SA time) and referred to Kenyatta National Hospital.”
Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome described the rescue as a “miracle” as rescuers have already given up hope of more survivors in the collapsed building. He added that emergency services were still working hard to rescue more people from the building.
It was indeed a miracle as the Red Cross revealed that apart from being dehydrated, not even a scratch was found on the little girl who was found lying “in a bucket wrapped in a blanket.” The infant had been lying there for more than 80 hours since the building collapsed on Friday night.
Police reported that the death toll rose to 23 on Tuesday after two more bodies were found in the crumbled building. The collapsed building was home to 150 families jam-packed into single rooms.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the building located in the poor, highly populated Huruma neighbourhood and built too close to a river had been mapped out for demolition after it was declared structurally unsound.
Unfortunately, the evacuation order for the unsound structure, was ignored. In the meantime, arrests have been made and five people are to appear in court on Tuesday to face manslaughter charges over the tragic incident.
Many cities in Kenya, including the city of Nairobi, have recorded quite a number of collapsed buildings in recent years. Buildings shoot up at great speed, often disregarding building regulations.
With the deaths in Huruma included, Nairobi has lost at least 30 people as a result of accidents caused by heavy rains and floods.