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At least eight dead in Nairobi landslide

Last Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 00:00

Nairobi: Massive boulders crashed onto houses
on Wednesday in Mathare, a Nairobi slum, killing at least eight
people after a night of heavy rains, police and the Kenyan Red
Cross said.

"Eight people have died in this disaster. Six bodies were
retrieved from under the rubble, another died on the way to
hospital while the eighth died in hospital," a police officer
involved in the rescue operation said.

Hopes of retrieving any more people alive from the rubble
faded late in the afternoon after bulldozers cleared the site.

"We do not believe that there are any more bodies here,"
the head of the Kenyan disaster management service Vincent
Anami said.

The Kenya Red Cross said rescue teams` efforts had been
hampered by heavy rains, lack of appropriate machinery and
crowds of people milling around.

The Red Cross said more than 40 houses were destroyed in
the sprawling slums in the north of the capital when huge
boulders came crashing onto them early today morning.


First Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 00:00
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