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Up to 20 feared dead in Kenya building collapse
October 20, 2009 / 11:41 AM / 8 years ago

Up to 20 feared dead in Kenya building collapse

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Up to 20 people were feared dead in Kenya Tuesday after a five-storey building under construction collapsed, trapping workers under piles of rubble.

<p>Kenya Red Cross personnel carry the body of a man killed when a building under construction collapsed in Kiambu town, 20 km (12 miles) northeast of the capital Nairobi, October 20, 2009. REUTERS/Noor Khamis</p>

Local media said six bodies had been recovered so far and that 14 people remained missing after the incident Monday in Kiambu town, 20 km (12 miles) northeast of the capital Nairobi.

“There was a loud bang when the building cracked, before collapsing,” the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement, quoting a security guard at the site. “There are reports that those trapped ... have made phone calls to colleagues and relatives.”

It also quoted a foreman as saying there had been at least 50 people in the building at the time.

Kenya’s government has often promised to crackdown on building code violations, which are widespread in a country where bribery of officials and shoddy construction are rampant.

Fourteen people died and more than 100 were wounded in January 2006 when a six-storey building in downtown Nairobi collapsed.

Reporting by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Giles Elgood

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