July 22, 2013

10 Injured As City Building Collapses

10 people survived death after Nice Time arcade located in the Nakivubo Mews collapsed Monday morning.

An aerial view of the scene. The inside structures collapsed killing four.
An aerial view of the scene. The inside structures collapsed killing four.

More people are believed to be trapped in the building and as you read this, police is leading the search for survivors in the rubble of the building.

The collapsed building close to Magobe Arcade had been closed by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) because it was in poor state.

There was fear early in the day as Police through its Twitter account @ugandaupf confirmed that four people had perished in the collapsed building.

“A building has collapsed in down town, Kampala, four people have been confirmed dead, as the search continues.” Police tweeted.

Nice Times building located on Plot 2 Nakivubo Mews caved in as workers were breaking one of its walls to create a corridor, according to eyewitnesses.

Earlier, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibn Ssenkumbi confirmed that seven people were evacuated to Mulago Hospital for treatment. The building collapsed as food vendors were cooking in the basement. He suspects most of the injured to be women.

The top floor of the building, one of the oldest remaining in the city, works as a store for General merchandise and outlets for dealers in mattresses.

The whole of Nakivubo Mews is currently sealed off as police and Fire Brigade officers search for more victims.

An aerial view showing the scene of the collapsed building
An aerial view showing the scene of the collapsed building

UGANDA NO STRANGER TO COLLAPSED BUILDINGS

Uganda has seen a number of buildings collapse in recent years in what some observers call a case of not following proper building regulations. In July 2012, a building under construction along Lugogo by-pass in Kampala collapsed and killed two workers. The building was being erected by Complant Construction, a Chinese company.

In July 2011, seven people were injured critically after a building that was under construction collapsed in Ntinda, a city suburb.

In October 2008 at least seven people died after a wall collapsed at a National Social Security Fund (NSSF) construction site on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala.

People join Police in the search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in downtown Kampala
Police had earlier said Four people died after the building collapsed Monday morning

The protective wall around NSSF’s 120 billion-shilling construction site caved in this morning killing seven builders at the site and seriously injuring two others. The workers were building the foundation of the NSSF Pension Towers when the thin wall, which extended 25 meters beneath the surface of the Lumumba Avenue.

In February of the same year, a building at St. Peter’s Secondary School in Nalya collapsed killing 10 people. This came just over a month after another incident at the beginning of the year left three people dead when the building that housed Mini Price Bata at the junction of Ben Kiwanuka Street, Luwum Street and Namirembe Road caved in.

 

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