Rescue operations at collapsed wheat silos called off

By KBC Reporter

National Disaster Management Unit has called off rescue operation at the site of the two Silos that caved-in last Wednesday.

Grain silos at the Uzuri Company in Nairobi’s Industrial area collapsed leaving two people dead. The operation was called off even as two people remain unaccounted for.

The Unit’s Deputy Director Mwachi Pius Maasai says they took the decision to enable experts carry out risk analysis, after it emerged the operation could pose more troubles to those conducting it.

A combined team comprising of officials from the National Disaster Management Unit, the Kenya Red Cross and the National Youth Service, has been digging up tons and tons of wheat grain since Thursday in an effort to recover the bodies of two people buried underneath.

“The decision has been taken over safety concerns for those conducting the recovery operation,” said Mwachi.

Peninah Akinyi, a relative to the two missing persons was inconsolable saying the family has undergone untold suffering for the last three days as they searched for their relatives.

In the meantime, Mwachi says security officers will secure the area, and re-open it only after the risk assessment exercise is finalized by the experts.

Investigations to establish what triggered the two Silos out of the nine to cave-in are still ongoing.