Nairobi building collapse: Child rescued after four days


A one-and-a-half-year-old child has been rescued from the debris of a building that collapsed four days ago in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The six-storey residence came down in heavy rain on Friday, killing at least 22 people. Dozens of others are still thought to be buried under the rubble, but hopes of finding more alive are fading.

The owner of the building, earmarked for demolition, will appear in court on Tuesday charged with manslaughter. Samuel Karanja Kamau was arrested on Monday. Officials say he did not have permission to rent out the 119 rooms in the six-storey building.

Mr Kamau has not yet commented on the allegation.  About 135 people have been freed so far from the collapsed building, local media report. The Kenya Red Cross says the baby girl was found in the rubble at 04:00 local time (01:00 GMT) and was rushed to hospital for treatment. The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Nairobi says the child’s rescue is a badly needed miracle as recovery efforts enter their fourth day. More bodies were retrieved overnight.