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Huruma tragedy: Collapsed building was sitting on a swamp

30 April 2016, 13:07 Pauline Nyumu

Nairobi - It has been discovered that the six-storey building that collapsed in Huruma Estate on Friday night was built on a swamp.

Further reports indicate that the building had not been approved due to its close proximity to a river.

The building collapsed just a few hours after the Nairobi County Governor confirmed that most city dwellers live in unapproved buildings.

Through a statement, he said "An estimated 60% of city dwellers live in unapproved buildings."

Read Also: 7 confirmed dead in Huruma tragedy

About 150 households were affected by the Huruma building collapse.

So far, 8 people have been confirmed dead and scores still missing.

Kenya Red Cross which has been leading rescue operations has set up a desk at Starehe CDF hall to help families to trace missing members.

They said: "Tracing and Counseling desks have been set up at the CDF Hall Huruma. You can also call our toll free number 1199 for help."

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