adidas canvas Kenya building collapse
The aid organization said more than 60 people have been reported missing.
The building housed about 164 one room apartments, but it’s not clear how many were occupied at the time of the collapse, Red Cross spokesman Abbas Gullet told CNN affiliate KTN.
Shoes, pots, photo albums
Rescuers frantically scoured through the debris overnight to find survivors.
“Don’t cry, we’re coming!” one man was heard yelling in Swahili, in video from the scene. “Let’s move faster,” one person implored others involved in the rescue effort.
Household items lay scattered as residents prayed and wept. Others carried debris using their bare hands.
“It’s heartbreaking . amongst the rubble you’ve got mattresses strewn around, children’s shoes, pots and pans, photo albums,” said Arnolda Shiundu, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross.
“Every time we move some rubble and we hear voices,” she said, “it gives the multiagencies that are here the morale to keep on fighting so that we can get as many people as many survivors as possible.”
Kenya’s defense forces have taken control of the scene with help from the Kenya Police and various medical agencies.