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Miracles Happen: Child was Found Alive Four Days after Building Collapsed in Nairobi

Rescuers find young girl in bucket wrapped in a blanket after disaster in which 23 people died.

Kenyan Red Cross staff attends to the girl after she was rescued from the rubble.

Kenyan rescuers have pulled an 18-month-old girl from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi, four days after the block collapsed, killing 23 people.

“Good news!” Kenya Red Cross said. “A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 04:00 hours [01:00 GMT] and referred to Kenyatta National hospital.”

The Red Cross said the girl was found in a bucket wrapped in a blanket and was dehydrated but without visible injuries.

She had been there for 80 hours since the building, which was home to 150 families crammed into single rooms, collapsed on Friday night.

Nairobi’s police chief, Japheth Koome, called it a miracle and said the emergency services were continuing their rescue efforts.

Police said the death toll from the tragedy rose to 23 on Tuesday after two more bodies were found.

The building, in the poor, tightly packed Huruma neighbourhood, had been slated for demolition after being declared structurally unsound. But an evacuation order for the structure, which was built near a river just two years ago, was ignored.

Five people are to appear in court on Tuesday to face manslaughter charges over the incident.

Several buildings have collapsed in recent years in Nairobi and other Kenyan cities, where a property boom has led to buildings being put up at speed, often with scant regard for building regulations.

Including the deaths in Huruma, at least 30 people have died in Nairobi since the weekend in accidents linked to floods caused by torrential rains.

By Robert Muriisa.

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