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Survivor freed from Nairobi rubble six days after collapse

Май 6, 2016    
Survivor freed from Nairobi rubble six days after collapse

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

Kenya Red Cross says she is being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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.

Rescuers worked to get the survivor free after she was found on Thursday morning.
Bystanders who had been watching the rescue in Nairobi's Huruma neighbourhood applauded as she was carried away on a stretcher.

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While she was trapped, she had been talking to the rescuers and was "in good spirits" according to the head of Kenya's National Disaster Management Unit, Pius Masai, quoted by the AP news agency.

A six-month-old child was pulled 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 half in the capital are not suitable 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

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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 earthquake — 15-year-old boy pulled out five days after an earthquake devastated the capital Kathmandu and the surrounding area

2016 Kenya building collapse — six-month-old baby pulled out after four days under rubble

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