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Kangemi flyover collapses, 4 people trapped

Four people are feared to be trapped in the rubble of a collapsed flyover that was under construction in Kangemi, Nairobi.

A video on social media showed rescue teams trying to rescue the trapped people who were working on the construction site.

In the video, a crowd is seen at the scene of the accident while police tried to keep them from interfering with the rescue activities.

Ambulances are also seen heading to the scene of the incident.

The collapsed flyover was part of the Sh16 million Waiyaki Way expansion project awarded to China Wu Yi company.

The project entails the expansion of the 25km James Gichuru-Rironi Road stretch along the Waiyaki Way into a superhighway.

The project, which started in 2017, was set to be completed in December 2020.

In April 2021, during an inspection of the project, Transport CS James Macharia gave an ultimatum to engineers after he noted huge delays.

CS Macharia said that the delays were becoming more frequent and gave an order for the project to be finished by the end of July 2021.

The flyover under construction was a replacement for the initial one that had become too small for the growing traffic requirements on the busy highway.

In their defense, the company had claimed that the delay was caused by unavoidable circumstances.

Engineer Sanjay Kumar stated that construction works on the road is 85 per cent complete and affirmed that the remaining 3-kilometre stretch would be completed in due time.

The project is running concurrently with the construction of the Nairobi Expressway, which is set to connect Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) to the neighborhood of Rironi, in Kiambu County, along the Nairobi-Limuru Road.

The collapsed flyover has elicited debate among netizens, with most Kenyans expressing their disappointment and questioning the certainty of the ongoing projects across the country.

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