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Scores escape death as building sinks in Nyeri

17 November 2014, 22:56 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - Scores escaped death on Monday morning after one floor of a four storey building sank at Skuta area along Nyeri-Karatina road, fringes of Nyeri town.

The building owned by a local popular businessman was under construction.

About 30 workers were on the site when the 8 AM incident occurred and were preparing to kick off day’s duties.

Nobody was hurt when the house caved in but several cars parked nearby were damaged.

Shocked eyewitnesses and residents attributed the incident to heavy rainfall pounding the region while others said it was due to cheap and poor workmanship.

They added that the building was being constructed at a faster rate since several floors ‘were put up like a blink of an eye’.

“It should be demolished to avert any further imminent danger. It could be architectural fit but structurally unfit,” they said.

Members of the public including travellers jammed the scene to catch a glimpse of the rare occurrence.

The owner of the building and the contractor were nowhere to be seen when police officers arrived.

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