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Survivors speak on Kenya's building collapse

Survivors speak on Kenya's building collapse

Kenya

Survivors from the ill-fated 6-story building collapse in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, last week have been speaking.

A plastered leg here, an arm in a sling there, evidence of the ordeal they went through before they were rescued from the rubble.

For Mercy Raymond, everything leading up to the crumbling of the 198-room apartment keeps replaying in her mind.

In total, five members of my family are there. We don't know where they are and they still haven't been found

“I don’t sleep at night. I still remember everything that happened. My friends are still there…there was a woman who wanted to go out with me but she told me she had to go back to the house and get a leso for tying her baby. Up to now I have not seen her with her family, and I feel so bad,” she said.

Official reports indicate that 135 people have so far been rescued but it is believed more people could still be trapped beneath the debris.

“I am here because of my son and my grandchild are also there. In total, five members of my family are there. We don’t know where they are and they still haven’t been found,” said Prisca Amina.

Rescue operations are still ongoing but aid workers say hopes are fading of finding more survivors.

Although the death toll has hit 26, officials expect it to rise further.

The owners of the six-storey building who were recently arrested are helping authorities with investigations.

They were granted bail by a court after the judge ruled that they was no strong evidence to keep them in detention.

AFP