3 people have died from the Monday afternoon Gachie tragedy.
Already a total of eight people have been rescued with one death recorded on-site and the latest being a construction worker who succumbed to death on Tuesday morning at Tigoni Hospital.
According to the Kiambu Chief Fire Officer Samuel Kahura, the victim sustained fatal injuries."Unfortunately, we have lost one survivor who was rescued from the debris yesterday," Kahura told the Nation newspaper.
Sadly the Gachie incident is not isolated as the National Building Inspectorate mounted a crackdown in 2017 bringing down buildings constructed in riparian areas and on road reserves. This was following the 1st May 2016 incident when more than 16 people died after a six-story building collapsed in Umoja following heavy rainfall.
The shocking sight of trapped people in the 2016 Umoja tragedy.
National Building Inspectorate is to blame for laxity in enforcing construction safety standards especially in the informal housing areas of Eastleigh, Kibra, Umoja, and Dandora.
Politicians who are often the landlords in these haphazardly put up buildings rarely address the matter. The County authorities are also complicit in approving the constructions without attention to valid engineering pre-qualification.
10 construction workers were reported to have been trapped under debris at 3:00 pm on Monday when the building collapsed in Kihara near Gachie in Kiambu County.
The housing shortage in Nairobi has seen the putting up of dangerous structures within residential areas.
Initial reports indicated that the owner of the building had ignored complaints from the public who saw the 5-story construction listing to one side.
Two months ago there was a lot of pomp and ceremony in Kiambaa Constituency.
Gachie is in the Kiambaa Constituency of Kiambu County and the local politicians including a newly elected MP have not been to the sight not issued any statement on the tragedy.
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