Survivor found in Nairobi rubble

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Kenya Red Cross

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Rescue workers say they are talking to the trapped woman

A woman has been found alive in the ruins of a residential building in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, six days after it collapsed in heavy rains.

Rescue workers say they are talking to her as they work to get her free.

Thirty-three people have been confirmed dead following the collapse of the six-storey residence last Friday and more than 80 people are still missing.

The building’s presumed owners have been released on bail after being arrested on Monday.

The head of Kenya‘s National Disaster Management Unit, Pius Masai, said the woman has been given a glucose intravenous drip and “she is talking and in good spirits”, the AP news agency reports.

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The rescue operation began shortly after the building collapsed on Friday

Head of Kenya Red Cross Abbas Gullet is quoted as saying the survivor is being given oxygen and is trapped in a small corner of a room.

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A six-month-old child was pulled out alive from the rubble on Tuesday, but her mother was found dead the following day.

City authorities say they had earmarked the building for demolition after it was declared unfit for human habitation.

An official audit of the country’s buildings found that more than more than half in the capital are not fit for people to live in.

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
  • 2016 Kenya building collapsesix-month-old baby pulled out after four days under rubble

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