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Two die, 14 still missing as flat crumbles

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At least two construction workers died while 14 people were unaccounted for by yesterday evening after a building collapsed and buried them alive in Nairobi’s Pipeline estate in Embakasi.It was feared those missing were still trapped in a rubble after a six-storey building they were constructing caved in while eight were rescued and rushed to hospital.Rescuers made desperate attempts to pull out survivors but they made little progress as a combined force from the military, police andAnd by last night, 10 victims pulled out of the rubble were fighting for their lives at the Kenyatta National Hospital while nursing multiple injuries after the 10.30am incident. Hundreds of onlookers jammed the scene creating another nightmare for the rescue team, forcing police to lob teargas canisters to disperse them and allow disaster teams, ambulances and fire brigade engines into the area.It was lucky escape for two of the workers who were rescued at about 6pm, more than six hours after they were trapped under the rubble.Incident Commander Brig George Owino said another disaster could happen in the area after hundreds of people eager to see what was happening, crowded into and damaged other sorrounding buildings under construction.Government response was poorly co-ordinated as the team joined the rescue operations almost four hours late. Click http://eastafricaradiousa.com/blog/?p=5701