Baby pulled out of rubble, 3 days after building collapsed

May 04, 2016 10:56
Baby pulled out of rubble, 3 days after building collapsed

A six-month-old baby girl was pulled out of the rubble of a building in Kenya and surrendered to her father. Due to the heavy rain, the building was collapsed three days ago.

So far, the death toll has reached 23, after the six-storied residential block in Nairobi's poor Huruma district, collapsed on last Friday.

Police are questioning the owners after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered them detained.

“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,” the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement.

A father identified his baby named Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, who was later rushed to the hospital for the treatment, the Red Cross said.

According to the interior ministry, the Huruma building had been earmarked for the demolition, as it was built close to a river, but the local officials neglected the order, which urged the developers to adhere to the safety standards.

Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome said, 23 people were dead and 136 were saved from the wreckage. He opined that the death toll could rise as the search continued.

Red Cross spokeswoman Arnolda Shiundu said that, several people were still missing, adding that, they are unclear of how many escaped, but had not yet been traced.

By Phani Ch

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