4 Dead, Scores Trapped After Building Collapses in Kakamega

Rescue efforts at the scene of the collapsed building

Four people on Thursday died after a one storey building collapsed in Butalii shopping centre, Kakamega County.

It was reported that a rescue exercise was being conducted to try and rescue several people trapped under the rubble.

Additional information disclosed that the building was still under construction when the incident occured.

Rescue efforts at the scene of the collapsed building
A bulldozer during the rescue operations at the scene of the collapsed building
Crowd at the scene of the collapsed building

The tragedy comes in the wake of the Precious Talents Academy incident that claimed the lives of eight pupil and left 64 others injured.

Investigations into the disaster had revealed that the structure were poorly constructed pointing out that the building was held in place by wire mesh used to construct chicken houses.

It was further stated that a sewer line dug behind the classrooms by the county administration had weakened the building.

On September 26, Education CS George Magoha ordered the closure of the school to pave way for investigations to be conducted.

The nearly 800 pupils from the school were transferred to Ngong Forest Primary School, which was set to take up 480 learners, 130 moved to Riruta Satellite Primary School and 180 were taken to Jamhuri Primary School.

Magoha went a step further and revoked licences for the school and that of Pama Academy in Kangemi due to safety concerns.

Parents sift through rubble after the collapse of a classroom block at Precious Talent Academy in Ngong

The tough-talking Education CS has been conducting a crackdown on learning institutions that are unsafe resulting to the shutting down of several more schools across the country.

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