Eight People Escape Death After A Building Collapsed On Them In Kenya’s Rift Valley

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At least eight persons, including two minors, were rescued from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Kitale town, Trans Nzoia County, Kenya’s Rift Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

The building fell at Miti Moja Tuwan estate in Kitale town under mysterious circumstances.

The building, which was a maize store with over 3,000 bags of dry maize inside, crashed on a group of mud-walled homes that were being utilized as rental properties nearby.

The victims were rushed to Kitale Level Four Hospital in critical condition.

They were treated for minor injuries before being released.

The county Commissioner, Sam Ojwang, who confirmed the occurrence, has ordered that the bags of maize be taken from the store in order to look for any other casualties, saying that the number of residents in the impacted housing units could not be determined immediately.

In a statement, Ojwang' said, "I have asked the National Construction Authority, the County Department of Public Works, and other responsible agencies to investigate and determine whether there was any negligence in the construction of the structure."

He warned business owners against deviating from established practices while setting up shop for their operations in new locations.

Ojwang’ said an action would be taken against the owner and other constructors if they are found guilty of negligence.

Editor's note: The image on the post is not the actual image, it is for illustration

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