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July 15, 2018

Death toll in Kisii building collapse rises to nine

Kenya Defense Forces officers with a sniffer dog on arrival in Kisii on Friday for a rescue operation mission in the building that collapsed killing nine people and injuring scores of others.Photo/Benson Nyagesiba
Kenya Defense Forces officers with a sniffer dog on arrival in Kisii on Friday for a rescue operation mission in the building that collapsed killing nine people and injuring scores of others.Photo/Benson Nyagesiba

The death toll at the collapsed 10-storey building in Kisii town has risen to nine after two more bodies were retrieved on Saturday morning.

Nine victims are reported missing although incident commander Pius Masai said that the number could be higher.

The two male bodies were retrieved on Saturday morning, one at 2am and another at 8am.

On Friday, one of the victims succumbed to injuries at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Read: 6 dead, 34 injured after condemned 10-storey Kisii building collapses

The hospital's acting CEO Enock Hodari said relatives have already started identifying bodies at the mortuary.

Ondari said that 17 out the 44 admitted have since been treated and discharged.

Three people are said to be in critical condition with multiple fractures.

Lieutenant Joseph Martim is leading the team of 30 KDF officers who have been deployed with sniffer dogs and special equipment for rescue operations.

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