State sends ex­perts to Kisii to as­sess, evac­u­ate peo­ple from un­safe build­ings

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

The gov­ern­ment has dis­patched a team of ex­perts to Kisii to as­sess build­ings that do not meet struc­tural stan­dards.

Sec­re­tary for In­spec­torate of Build­ings Moses Nyakion­gora said the team of con­struc­tion and build­ing in­spec­tors will be in Kisii for a week from yes­ter­day.

The team will work closely with the county gov­ern­ment to en­sure all un­safe build­ings are evac­u­ated im­me­di­ately and de­mo­li­tion plans put in place.

This fol­lows the col­lapse of a 10-storey build­ing in Kisii town last Thurs­day, which claimed eight lives and left dozens in­jured.

There are con­cerns that sev­eral build­ings in Kisii are un­sta­ble, ei­ther be­cause of poor work­man­ship or are sit­ting on wet­lands. Nyakion­gora said the of­fi­cials from the Lands and Hous­ing min­istry have been in­structed to make sure all the con­demned build­ings are de­mol­ished to avert dis­as­ters.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

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