Hours after a residential building collapsed in a heap of rubble in Kenya’s capital, a man emerged, triumphant, holding up a baby wrapped in a pink blanket as the crowd of rescuers and onlookers cheered.
Another man followed him, carrying a toddler who had also been pulled from the debris. Both of the children were rushed to ambulances to get medical care.
As the hours passed following Friday’s collapse of the secven-story building in Nairobi, rescuers continued to hear sounds of hope: Voices of some trapped survivors called out from beneath the debris, terrified but alive. Workers yanked chunks of concrete from where the building once stood, the cries spurring their efforts.
At least 12 people were killed, the Kenyan Red Cross said, and another 134 were injured. But others are feared trapped in the rubble of the building in Huruma, a residential area in northeast Nairobi — the aid organization said more than 60 people have been reported missing.
The building housed about 164 one-room apartments, but it’s not clear how many were occupied at the time of the collapse, Red Cross spokesman Abbas Gullet told CNN affiliate KTN.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the scene Saturday morning. He asked the country’s disaster authorities to survey other houses in the area, determine if any were likely to collapse and to move residents out, according to a statement from the National Police Service of Kenya.
He also ordered that the owners of any unstable structures be arrested, after it was revealed that the building that collapsed had previously been condemned by the National Construction Authority, the police statement said. (Courtesy CNN)