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PHOTOS: Building collapses in Kenya

In the last five years, Kenya has reported building tragedies involving about 87 buildings.

These tragedies have left over 200 people dead and 1,000 injured.

According to data from the National Building Inspectorate, 65 per cent of the collapsed buildings were residential, 25 per cent were commercial and 10 per cent  were of mixed-use developments.

Some 4,000 houses were found to be unsafe for human habitation in the country and recommended to be demolished.

Below is a look at the tragedies;

MAY 1996: SUNBEAM SUPERMARKET, MOI AVENUE, NAIROBI

Sunbeam tragedy that left 16 people dead. [File, Standard]
  • Number of people killed: 16
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Building collapsed following heavy downpour.

JANUARY 2006: RONALD NGALA

Ronald Ngala tragedy that left 14 people dead. [File, Standard]
  • Number of people killed: 14
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Building collapsed in Ronald Ngala.

JANUARY 10, 2010: KIAMBU

  • Number of people killed: 3
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Building collapsed in Kiambu town due to heavy rains.

JUNE 2011: NAIROBI

  • Number of people killed: 2
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • 6-storey building under construction collapsed.

SEPTEMBER 2011: VIHIGA

  • Number of people killed: 4
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Heavy rains brought down building in Vihiga

JUNE 2012: MLOLONGO

Mlolongo accident that left 3 people dead. [File, Standard]
  • Number of people killed: 3
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Building under construction in Mlolongo collapsed.

 DECEMBER 17, 2014: KALOLENI

  • Number of people killed: 8
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • 5-storey building collapsed. Building was partly occupied, partly under construction.

 JANUARY 4, 2015: HURUMA

  • Number of people killed: 5
  • Number of people injured: 32
  • 7-storey residential building collapsed.

 APRIL 2, 2015: ROYSAMBU

  • Number of people killed: 7
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Building behind Thika Road Mall in Roysambu collapsed.

 MAY 11, 2015: SOUTH B MOSQUE WALL

South B Mosque wall that killed 10 people. [Courtesy]
  • Number of people killed: 10
  • Number of people injured: Several
  • Wall around South B Mosque collapsed due to heavy rains.

 MARCH 9, 2016: ZIMMERMAN

  • Number of people killed: 0
  • Number of people injured: 0
  • 4-storey building collapsed. No one injured.
  • Structure’s integrity put to question in 2014.

APRIL 29, 2016: WALL ON NAIROBI’S LENANA ROAD

  • Number of people killed: 4
  • Number of people injured: 3
  • Wall collapsed on Nairobi’s Lenana Road following heavy downpour.

 APRIL 29, 2016: HURUMA ESTATE

A house that collapsed in Huruma killing 51.
  • Number of people killed: 51
  • Number of people missing: 10
  • Number of people injured: 140
  • 6-storey building located in Ngei, Mathare, Nairobi, collapsed following heavy rainfall.

 JUNE 3, 2016: HURUMA ESTATE

  • No casualties.
  • The collapsed 7-storey building was marked for demolition, occupants vacated.

 NOVEMBER 10, 2016: KISII BUILDING AT DARAJA MOJA

Kisii building that left 8 dead.
  • Number of people killed: 8
  • Number of people injured: 44
  • 10-storey building located at Daraja Moja-Nyambera Road near Ram Hospital
  • Owner Jeremiah Matoke and engineer Jeff Ocharo charged with 8 counts of manslaughter.

 JUNE 14, 2017: KWARE, EMBAKASI NAIROBI

  • Number of people killed: 2
  • A 7-storey building collapsed, residents previously issued with notice to vacate

 AUGUST 31, 2021: GACHIE KIAMBU COUNTY

  • Number of people killed: 5
  • Five storey building under construction collapsed

 OCTOBER, 2021: RUIRU, KIAMBU COUNTY

  • Number of those killed:      0
  • 9-storey building collapsed in Ruiru near Tatu City,
  • Building was under construction. No construction worker was on site

 MAY 18, 2022: RUIRU KIAMBU COUNTY

  • Number of people killed: 2
  • Building earmarked for demolition by KeNHA collapsed in Kihunguro area in Ruiru,

 SEPTEMBER 26, 2022: KIRIGITI, KIAMU COUNTY

The search and rescue operation underway after a residential five-storey building collapsed in Kirigiti, Kiambu County. [John Muchucha, Standard]
  • Number of people killed: 5
  • Number of people missing: 0
  • 5-storey building located in Kirigiti, Kiambu Count
  • Building was under construction

 National Building Inspectorate (Building tragedy in past 5 years)

  • 87 building collapses
  • About 200 people have lost their lives
  • 1,000 injured
    • 65% of the collapsed buildings were residential
    • 25% of collapsed buildings were commercial
    • 10% of the buildings were of mixed-use developments

**4,000 houses found unsafe for human habitation in Kenya