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Several trapped as residential building collapses in Kisii

12 October 2017

The death toll from the collapse of a building in Kisii has risen to six.

A total of seven bodies were recovered Wednesday evening as rescues continued to search through the rubbles of a collapsed three-storey building in Kisii.

Four people were pulled from the rubble when rescue operations begun at 8.30am in the morning by first emergency responders, among them bodaboda operators.

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He said 24 people had been hospitalised and that Kenya Defence Forces have been called in to assist in the rescue operation.

Director Kisii County Disaster Management Mr. Julius Tinega says they have completed nearly 40 percent of the rescue mission.

Mr Julius Orare, who lives in a residential near the collapsed building said he wa sin the showered when he heard tremors.

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Earlier this year, a seven-story building in the same area collapsed killing nine people.

The officers however said they lack adequate equipment to help in the rescue mission.

It is not clear how many construction workers are confined in the collapsed building.

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Several trapped as residential building collapses in Kisii