Building collapses in Kisumu, Kenya

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A building under construction has collapsed in Mamboleo in Kenya’s lake city of Kisumu.

The 1:30 pm ordeal left seven people injured, and an unknown number of people are feared trapped under the rubble. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals for medical attention.

A woman who was serving food to the workers at the construction site is among those trapped in the building.

The rescue mission is currently undergoing.

The incident comes just hours after surveyors raised concerns over the construction of substandard buildings in Nairobi.

The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) accused developers of using shortcuts like contracting unlicensed people to reduce construction costs.

IQSK General Secretary Wilson Kipkoech stated that the 2018 National Building Inspection Service (NBI) audit found that of the 14,895 buildings they looked at, 723 were classified as very dangerous, 10,791 unsafe, 1,217 fair, and only 2,194 are safe.

Mr. Kipkoech went on to say that the 2020 report issued by the National Construction Agency (NCA) indicated that 35 out of 100 buildings in Kenya could collapse.

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