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11 die in Kenyan building collapse

Eleven people have died after a three-storey building collapsed in Nairobi.

The building site in Kiambu was located on the outskirts of the capital and experts have claimed that irresponsible contractors may be to blame. The accident happened less than a week after the Kenya Architectural Association warned that 65% of structures in the country are substandard,

The bodies of three men were pulled from the rubble, while a woman was found crushed to death.

Police said two people died while receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital and that 13 people were injured.

The Kenyan Red Cross confirmed that 14 people have been reported missing and are still unaccounted for.

Richard Chepkwony, a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya, said the organisation was receiving almost daily reports of buildings collapsing because of poor construction.

He alleged the building collapsed because of its substandard construction material and poor workmanship.

“If you grab a block of concrete, you can crack it using your hands,” he said.

“This is not the end of the story. We will be seeing more of this if the government does not enact laws to ensure required construction standards are met.”

Building collapses are common in Africa. Corrupt planning officials, substandard materials and poor workmanship are often to blame.

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