At least seven people have been killed in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after a building collapsed on Friday evening.
7 confirmed dead in Kenya residential building collapse (Police) pic.twitter.com/FDeauw0y5N— africanews (@africanews) April 30, 2016
The six-storey residential building collapsed in the midst of heavy rains, trapping many residents.
Following the flash floods, the Kenya Red Cross Society rushed to the scene for rescue operations.
Three children and one adult were taken to the city’s Kenyatta National Hospital, Red Cross said on social media on Friday.
Two more people were rescued Saturday morning as rescuers continue to comb through rubble searching for survivors.
Red Cross has set up tracing and counselling desks in the affected area.
#HurumaTragedy Tracing and Counseling desks have been set up at the CDF Hall Huruma. You can also call our toll free number 1199 for help.— Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross) April 30, 2016
According to Red Cross, approximately 150 households are affected.
#FloodsUpdate Approximately 150 households affected and currently camping at the chiefs camp in Kinyago village, Eastleigh.— Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross) April 29, 2016
Last year, the government completed drafting a new building code to ensure professionalism in construction of buildings in the country.
The new code resulted after a building collapsed in the same area in January that left four people dead. The collapsed building had exceeded the approved four storeys.
The heavy downpour which started on Thursday has led to flooding of highways resulting to traffic snarl ups in the city.
According to a local daily, the flash floods have also resulted to the deaths of at least seven people in different parts of the country.