Kenyan Red Cross have pulled a seven-month-old girl alive from the rubble of a six- storey building in Nairobi, four days after the building collapsed following a heavy downpour which killed at least 23 people.
The father of the baby girl recovered, Delarine Saisi, described the incident as a “miracle”.
He said “I thank God for all that he has done to get my daughter alive after all those days in the rubble,” said Ralsan Wasike, adding that he did not know the whereabouts of the girl’s mother. “I pray she is alive,”
The Kenya Red Cross said Delarine was found at 4am local time (0100 GMT) “in a bucket wrapped in a blanket”. She was dehydrated but had no visible physical injuries.
Delarine was rescued 80 hours after the building collapsed on Friday night during the heavy rains that hit the Kenyan capital last week. The building was home to about 150 families jam-packed into single rooms.
Police said the death toll from the tragedy rose to 23 on Tuesday after two more bodies were found.
Located in the poor, tightly packed Huruma neighbourhood, the building had been slated for demolition after being declared structurally unsound. But an evacuation order for the structure, which was built near a river just two years ago, was ignored.
Five people – the two brothers who own the building, and three construction officials – were remanded in custody for 21 days on Tuesday to allow prosecutors to gather evidence and file charges.