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Nine people still missing following Kisii building tragedy

 

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BY KORIR JUMA  NAIROBI ,13TH NOV 2016-Nine people are still uncounted for after the building that collapsed Thursday in kisii.

Rescue teams have intensified efforts to save more people trapped in the rubble of the 10-storey structure that tumbled down in Kisii Town.

A hen was pulled out of the debris alive at the crack of dawn Sunday, raising hops of finding more survivors of the Thursday tragedy.

Two more bodies were pulled out on Saturday night, pushing the death toll to nine.

Disaster officials led by Pius Maasai clarified that the death toll still remains nine and not ten as reported earlier.

VICTIM SHOUTING

“We are still optimistic of getting more survivors,” Mr Maasai said at the scene.

One victim was heard shouting under the rubble for help on Saturday, making the rescue teams to accelerate rescue efforts.

The rescue efforts are jointly coordinated by Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya Red Cross and St-John Ambulance personnel.

Military officers on site say a well recently drilled underneath the building might had triggered its collapse.

“We suspect that the drilling might have destabilised the storey building, causing its fall,” said Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Maritim.

DEVELOPER HIDING

National Construction Authority Nyanza Region Lukas Aduera said the developer of the building has since gone into hiding.

“We appeal that wherever he is, he should surrender to the police to assist with the investigations,” he said.

Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi urged a stop to the ongoing blame game on who was responsible and urged rescue teams to step up efforts to save more lives.

“The county and national governments should stop the blame game and focus on rescue operations. The authorities will take action once rescue operations end,” he said.

At least nine people are yet to be accounted for, according to Mr Maasai.

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