Perimeter Wall Collapse in Ruaka, Kenya Kills One, Injures Three

Deadly wall collapse in Ruaka, Kenya prompts evacuation and safety inspections, highlighting the urgent need for better building regulations and oversight.

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Perimeter Wall Collapse in Ruaka, Kenya Kills One, Injures Three

Perimeter Wall Collapse in Ruaka, Kenya Kills One, Injures Three

A perimeter wall collapse in Ruaka, Kiambu County, Kenya, caused by heavy rains, has resulted in the death of one person and the injury of three others.

The incident occurred on Monday, April 22, 2024, when the perimeter wall of a residential apartment collapsed onto an adjacent iron-sheet residential house.

In response to the tragedy, Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi has ordered all tenants in the affected rental houses to evacuate until safety investigations are completed and an occupational certificate is issued. "I have directed that all the tenants in the affected plot relocate to pave way for the multi-agency team to investigate the matter and assure the residents of their safety," stated Wamatangi. The governor has given the tenants two hours to remove their belongings before the houses are sealed off.

The County Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of tenants from the surrounding three apartments as a precautionary measure, while a multi-agency team comprising county and national government officials conducts an inspection and assessment of the affected area. Governor Wamatangi confirmed that a third person was rescued during the incident by the county government's disaster management team.

Why this matters: The perimeter wall collapse in Ruaka highlights the urgent need for proper building safety inspections and enforcement of construction regulations in Kenya. This tragic incident emphasizes the importance of government oversight and proactive measures to prevent such disasters and ensure the safety of residents living in multi-story buildings and residential estates.

The prolonged heavy rains have affected various areas in Kenya, causing floods and other damage. Wamatangi stated that his administration will continue to inspect all buildings from the construction stage to completion and monitor the safety of all structures to prevent such tragic incidents in the future. "We will continue to inspect all buildings right from construction to completion and monitor the safety of all structures to ensure that such tragic incidents are avoided at all costs," the governor emphasized.

Key Takeaways

  • Perimeter wall collapse in Ruaka, Kenya kills 1, injures 3 due to heavy rains.
  • Kiambu governor orders evacuation of affected tenants until safety investigation is complete.
  • County govt. inspecting all buildings to ensure safety and prevent such incidents.
  • Prolonged heavy rains have caused floods and damage in various areas of Kenya.
  • Tragedy highlights the need for proper building inspections and construction regulation enforcement.