There have been six confirmed deaths since the collapse of a construction site in Kisenyi, a suburb of Kampala on Sunday.
At least six people have been confirmed dead following a building collapse on Sunday in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb.
In a police statement dated Sunday 05, Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson said the four-storied structure collapsed after a heavy downpour covering vehicles, motorcycles and workers who were inside.
Owoyesigyire however, said the Police Fire brigade department and a team from the Red Cross rushed to the scene and have since embarked on efforts to rescue victims.
The police spokesman said six people including five males and one female have since been retrieved but dead. He said two children who are currently undergoing medication at Mulago hospital have also been rescued.
“A four storied building under construction in Kisenyi zone, Muzaana parish in Lubaga division has collapsed covering vehicles, Six people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of the four storied building this afternoon. Among those confirmed dead are five male and one female,” Owoyesigyire said on Sunday evening.
“The fire and rescue services have also rescued two children who are currently receiving treatment at Mulago National Referral Hospital,” he added noting that a team of experts are still on the ground to exhume more bodies with the hope that some might be still alive.
Meanwhile, this is one of the many incidents related to building collapses in the country with the most recent one being in August when one person succumbed to injuries after a five-storey building under construction in Kitebi Zone, near Wankulukuku in Rubaga Division collapsed.
Another similar incident happened in March after a church ceiling collapsed on congregants at the Fido Dido building in Kampala leaving two people dead with many others injured by the debris.
Despite all these falls, little has been established to find out the immediate causes as Apollo Buregyeya from Eco Concrete Limited says.
While speaking about the Kisenyi building collapse, Buregyeya said there is no single building collapse that happens because of a single reason.
“It is normally a set of reasons that occur at the same time. It is certainly the case with this Kisenyi building that belonged to a popular businessman in Kampala,” he said.