10 Trapped as Building Under Construction Collapses

  • An Iage of the four story building that collapsed in gGatanga , Muranga County on Friday, December 18.
    An image of the four storey building that collapsed in Gatanga , Muranga County on Friday, December 18.
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  • 10 construction workers were on Friday, December 17, trapped after a building they were in collapsed.

    The incident happened in Makeji area of Gatanga, Muranga County.

    Those trapped are all believed to be manual labourers of the four-storey building that was under construction at the Sunstar Resort.

    Police officers arrive at the scene where a four storey building that collapsed in gGatanga , Muranga County on Friday, December 18
    Police officers arrive at the scene where a four-storey building that collapsed in Gatanga, Muranga County on Friday, December 18.
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    Rescue efforts are currently underway even as investigations to establish the cause of the collapse start.

    The police and fire brigade arrived on the scene to assess the situation and help with the rescue services.

    Six victims who had been retrieved from the rubble by the time of going to press were rushed to the Thika Level IV Hospital.

    The incident comes months after three people lost their lives while over a dozen others sustained injuries when a five-storey building under construction in Gachie, Kiambu County collapsed.

    Neighbours and masons working in the building revealed that they had raised concerns over the cracks on one of the building's columns with the owner but he dismissed them.

    The landlord was put on the spot after the National Construction Authority (NCA) stated that they had not  given approval for the building.

    In a separate incident, another building collapsed in Kinoo on September 3. Luckily, no one was in the building at the time of the incident.

    The rise in cases of buildings collapsing in Kiambu County warranted a crackdown against rogue landlords who intentionally ignored warnings issued against illegal structures.

    The four storey building that collapsed in gGatanga , Muranga County on Friday, December 18
    The four storey building that collapsed in Gatanga, Muranga County on Friday, December 18
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