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Building Collapses in Nairobi, Kenya
by Elizabeth Gichovi
CAPA 060124-1
January 24, 2006

[CAPA - Africa] A four-storey building under construction collapsed yesterday on Nairobiís Ronald Ngala Street. The building came down at about 2 p.m. Kenyan time where more than a 100 people were working on different floors, most of them on the 4th floor, while others had gone out for lunch.

The police reports indicate that six people have so far died while 77 were seriously injured. Those injured are being treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital, who also dispatched a medical team at the site.

Rescue operations led by Kenya police, the Kenya Army, Red Cross, St. Johnís ambulance, members of the public among others started immediately after the crash and are still going on for those believed to be buried under tons of rubble.

President Kibaki, who was on an official visit to Sudan, has cut short his visit and is expected in today to coordinate rescue efforts and console the families of victims. The government has announced that investigations into the collapse of the building will be conducted.

Message Of Sympathy From The Capa Chairman To Abp Nzimbi

Your Grace,


This is to express the heartfelt condolence and prayerful wishes of the Primate of All Nigeria, Archbishop Peter J. Akinola on behalf of the entire Church of Nigeria. It grieves him to watch on TV the horrors of the collapsed Nairobi building.

As CAPA chair, he has come to identify with the city hosting the organisationís headquarters and feels deeply its pains at such a time as this. He prays The Holy Spirit will comfort all the affected and the great Healer will see to the recovery of the many injured. May the Lord Jesus deliver us all from all evil. Amen.

Once again accept our sympathy.