A five-storey building that was under construction in Muthiga, Kinoo area, Kiambu County, has collapsed.
The residential building under construction by a company identified as Stable Engineers LTD caved in last night and could come tumbling down any moment.
In photos seen by Kahawa Tungu, the building leaned on adjacent building — Crestwood Apartments — threatening its stability.
Police are on the ground leading evacuation efforts to avert a tragedy.
Kiambu County has been on the spot recently over similar incidents.
In October last year, a nine-storey building in Ruiru that was under construction collapsed. No casualties were reported as no one was inside at the time the building went down.
The incident occurred less than a month after a five-storey building located near White House in Kinoo collapsed. The building was nearing completion.
Before the Kinoo incident, another building also located in Kiambu county collapsed leaving three dead.
In August of the same year, a five-storey building collapsed in Gachie.
The building had been built up to the fifth floor and laborers were working on the sixth floor when the tragedy struck.
The incidents have sparked a debate on the quality of structures coming up in many parts of the country as the demand for residential buildings continues to rise.
Many of the constructions sites lack proper supervision with investors going for cheap and low-quality materials.
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In the previous incident in Kinoo, the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) President Engineer Nathaniel Matalanga attributed the collapse to a weak foundation.
Eng. Matalanga stated that Kinoo area and the larger Kiambu County has red soil which requires a large and strong foundation built with quality materials to support a building.