Building collapses in Kenyan capital

Building collapses in Kenyan capital

A seven-storey building collapsed in a residential area of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, on Tuesday morning.

At least 15 people are missing, authorities said they had asked its occupants to leave before it came down.

Officials said the building's occupants had been asked to leave once it developed cracks.

"Basically this was a disaster to come. An evacuation was sounded. People evacuated but we might have some people who might have been left behind," Pius Masai, deputy director of the National Disaster Management Unit, told Reporters at the site of the collapse.

Japheth Koome, Nairobi County police commander, said a specialized team from the Kenya Defense Forces had been called in to help with the rescue operations.

Kenya has seen similar tragedies in the past. A total of 49 people died in the middle of last year when another building collapsed during a heavy, nighttime downpour in a poor neighborhood.

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