Rescue workers have pulled a six-month-old baby girl out of the rubble of a building in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday and reunited her with her father, more than three days after it collapsed following days of heavy rain.
This is even as the death toll from the building collapse rose to 26 on Wednesday after the six-storey residential block in Nairobi’s poor Huruma district crumbled on Friday night.
“The child, who had been buried for about 80 hours, was found in a bucket wrapped in a blanket. She appeared dehydrated, and with no visible physical injuries,” the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement.
Reuters gathered that the baby, named as Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was identified by her father after she was taken to hospital for treatment, while a Red Cross official said the fate of her mother was still not clear.
Paius Masai, National Disaster Management Unit Incident Commander said the three bodies were pulled out of the building on Tuesday night in the rescue operation which also saw nine rabbits rescued.
“Three more bodies were recovered last night.
“Nine rabbits were also rescued alive from the debris and one was found dead. So far, 136 people have been rescued alive, 26 confirmed dead and 93 others are still missing,” he said.
Police in Kenya are currently questioning the owners of the residential block after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered them detained.