At least three people died when a building collapsed in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, authorities said Wednesday.

Six other people were rescued from the rubble and are being treated in a hospital in the suburb of Kasarani, where the multi-story building is located.

The residential building was under construction and had shown signs of weakness, including visible cracks before it collapsed, witnesses told local media.

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Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja said on Wednesday that the owner of the building should be arrested and charged with murder because the required building permits have not been issued.

Personnel from the Kenya Defense Force’s disaster response unit examine the scene of a building collapse in the Kasarani neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, November 15, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Local media reported that the owner is on the run.

Government officials had inspected the construction site and asked workers to leave on Tuesday, a construction worker told the local Daily Nation newspaper. But the foreman told the workers to continue, the newspaper reported.

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Building collapses are common in Nairobi, where housing is in high demand and unscrupulous developers often circumvent regulations.

After eight buildings collapsed and killed 15 people in Kenya in 2015, the presidency ordered an inspection of all buildings in the country to see if they were up to code. The National Construction Authority found that 58% of Nairobi’s buildings were uninhabitable.

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