A four-storey building that collapsed in Doha, Qatar on March 22, claimed the life of one Kenyan and left seven other people injured.
Authorities identified the victim as Rodgers Indako, a Kenyan who succumbed to injuries he sustained when a building in Al Mansoura caved in.
Footage of the incident seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed the building leaned precariously to the right before falling.
Concerned residents poured onto the streets as car alarms blared as the building fell with a thud.
Civil authorities cordoned the site as ambulances surrounded the scene and excavators were used to remove the debris. They also urged residents to evacuate the scene for their own safety.
Qatar’s interior ministry confirmed that rescuers found seven survivors and one fatality. However, they didn’t give a reason why the building collapsed.
Indako’s kin in Lugari, Kakamega County pleaded with the government to help them repatriate the body of their kin from the Gulf nation.
The news came two months after Diaspora Affairs Principal Secretary, Roseline Njogu, assured Kenyans working in the Gulf of government support.
The Harvard-educated PS visited the wealthiest country in the Gulf in January, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where she proposed shelters for Kenyans who want to escape from their employers and want to employers.
90 per cent of the Qatar’s population of 2.7 million people are expatriate workers.
According to official data by the government of Qatar, there are about 59,000 Kenyans living and working in Qatar.
During the August 2022 General Election, Kenyans in Qatar were among the few Kenyans in the diaspora who were able to vote in the presidential election.