Death toll from collapse of Nairobi building hits 7 – Kenyan police
Kenyan police guard a street after dispersing a crowd consisting of opposition leaders and their supporters in Nairobi - REUTERS

NAIROBI: The death toll from the collapse of a six-storey building in Kenya’s capital has risen to seven and the number of injured stands at 121, police said on Saturday, as rescue operations continued to pull others from under the rubble.

The building collapsed in Nairobi’s Huruma residential estate late on Friday after days of heavy rains that have left several parts of the city flooded.

“Seven people are confirmed dead and 121 people have been rescued and rushed to various hospitals in Nairobi,” Japheth Koome, Nairobi County police boss, told Reuters by phone.

“The search and rescue operation is ongoing for people feared trapped inside the collapsed building of the six-storey building.”

On Saturday Kenyan television stations showed rescue and security workers sifting through the rubble. It is not known how many people were in the building at the time of its collapse.

Kenya Red Cross said on its Twitter feed late on Friday that people from 150 households were taking shelter in a nearby village.

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