Kenya Red Cross personnel on May 3, 2016 attend to a one and half-year-old girl who was rescued from the rubble four days after a building collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi. PHOTO | KENYA RED CROSS
Kenyan rescuers pulled an 18-month-old toddler alive from the rubble of a six-storey building on Tuesday, four days after the block collapsed killing 23 people, police said.
“Good news!” Kenya Red Cross said. “A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours (0100 GMT) and referred to Kenyatta National Hospital.”
The Red Cross said the little girl was found “in a bucket wrapped in a blanket” and was dehydrated but without visible physical injuries.
She had been there for 80 hours since the building, which was home to 150 families crammed into single rooms, collapsed on Friday night.
Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome called it a “miracle” and said the emergency services were continuing their rescue efforts.
Police said the death toll from the tragedy rose to 23 on Tuesday after two more bodies were found.
Located in the poor, tightly-packed Huruma neighbourhood, the building had been slated for demolition after being declared structurally unsound.
But an evacuation order for the structure, which was built near a river just two years ago, was ignored.
Five people are to appear in court on Tuesday to face manslaughter charges over the incident.
Several buildings have collapsed in recent years in Nairobi and other Kenyan cities, where a property boom has seen buildings shoot up at speed, often with scant regard for building regulations.
The deaths in Huruma bring to at least 30 the number of people who have died in Nairobi since the weekend in accidents linked to floods caused by torrential rains.