Child rescued in Kenya building collapse

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The girl was said to be dehydrated but with no visible injuries

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, 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 building had been earmarked for demolition. Its owner 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 building’s 119 rooms.

Mr Kamau has not yet commented on the allegation.

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About 135 people have been freed so far from the collapsed building, local media report.

The Kenya Red Cross said the baby girl was found in the rubble at 04:00 local time (01:00 GMT), in a bucket wrapped in a blanket.

She appeared dehydrated, but had no visible injuries, it added. She was rushed to hospital for treatment.

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Dozens of people are still feared trapped under the rubble

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.

Miracle rescues

  • 2004 Iran earthquake – Woman in her 90s found alive and unscathed eight days after a huge earthquake destroyed the city of Bam
  • 2005 South Asian earthquake – Shameer Shah Jehan, aged five, rescued from collapsed school in Balakot, Pakistan, after three days. Extraordinarily, a 40-year-old woman was saved from what had been her kitchen in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, more than two months after the quake
  • 2010 Haiti earthquake – 24-year-old man pulled alive from the rubble of a ruined hotel in Port-au-Prince after 11 days. Another man was rescued a day later from under a shop
  • May 2013 Bangladesh building collapse – Woman pulled from the ruins of a factory, 17 days after it collapsed
  • 2015 Nepal earthquake15-year-old boy pulled out five days after an earthquake devastated the capital Kathmandu and the surrounding area

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