Written by on June 20, 2023

By Whitney Akunga

Four bodies have so far been recovered from a 3 storey building that collapsed at Sagana stage in Murang’a town on Monday evening.

According to Murang’a County Commissioner Patrick Mukuria, four people were rescued alive and are receiving treatment at the Murang’a County referral hospital.

“So far four bodies have been recovered from the scene and the search and rescue mission is underway to look for other people believed to have been trapped inside,” said Mukuria.

Mukuria said information from the site command center indicated that 14 people were reported to be in the building when it collapsed.

He said a multi-agency team comprised of Disaster Response Unit, Red Cross, fire brigade and security agents are at the scene.

Murang’a County Commander David Kainga said the owner of the building, the contractor and foreman have been arrested and will be charged for causing the deaths.

According to some of the witnesses, a loud bang was heard and a cloud of dust covered the area when the building collapsed.

Police had a difficult time in controlling the huge crowd which had gathered at the scene trying to rescue those who were trapped inside.

Some of the witnesses however say the building was being constructed at a high speed which could have largely contributed to its collapse.

Others said the building was built on a wet land as the ground it sits on was swampy and not fit to hold such a structure.

They pointed an accusing finger at the county government for approving the construction of the building on swampy land saying those who approved it’s plans should be held answerabl

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