Student Injured As Five Storey Building Collapses In Juja
On Sunday, March 20, more than 50 students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) were rescued from a five-story residential flat in Juja, Kiambu County, as it began to sink.
A female student was harmed and got medical treatment, according to preliminary accounts.
The ground level of the structure started caving in, with the windows and iron doors bulging outwards from their frames, posing a threat to occupants; police officers and county firefighters arrived on the site to rescue the students.
"The event has impacted approximately 52 students. We responded promptly to evacuate them in time to ensure there were no casualties,” stated a Kiambu County official.
Because of the hazard, none of the pupils were allowed to retrieve goods from the structure. Students who were affected were offered housing by their classmates.
The school administration is in the process of arranging for the pupils to be temporarily housed in university hostels. Some students have expressed their displeasure with the fact that they have only been paid with their rent deposit.
"What we're asking for is to be reimbursed. I'm left with nothing, despite the fact that I'm expected to finish my studies. Because I have nothing; no clothes, food, or a place to stay, the Ksh6,740 deposit refund will be of great assistance" one of the students expressed his dissatisfaction.
The Kiambu County administration ordered the building to be demolished immediately, which was done by county engineers. The operation was meticulously carried out to ensure that no nearby structures were harmed. This comes after a building in the university's 'Gate C' neighborhood began collapsing on Sunday evening.
Furthermore, officials have begun an investigation into the safety of buildings in the county. This is the county's second building to develop structural warning signals this month.
The incident triggered a debate about who should be held accountable.