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At Least 23 Dead After Six-Story Building Collapses Following Heavy Rains In Kenya

A six-month-old baby was among those rescued from the wreckage of the building in the capital of Nairobi.

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At least 23 people have died after a residential building collapsed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi Friday.

More than 134 injured people were pulled from the wreckage of the building following heavy rains, Kenyan authorities told the Associated Press.

On Tuesday, a six-month-old baby was rescued from rubble, raising hopes other survivors might still be alive.

The baby was brought to the hospital at about 6 a.m. local time with no physical injuries but was treated for dehydration, AP reported.

Rescue operations are continuing, with the Red Cross reporting more than 90 people are still missing.

More pictures of the one survivor we managed to pull out. #HurumaTragedy

In recent days, heavy rainfall has caused landslides and floods, washing away houses, the BBC reported.

The Red Cross said people from about 1,000 households were displaced by the flooding across Nairobi.

Nairobi's deputy governor Jonathan Mueke told reporters at the scene that an investigation would take place.

"The building went down during the heavy rains, but we still want to establish if all the procedures were followed when it was constructed," he said.

The building had been declared unfit for living in by Kenya's National Construction Authority but was not torn down, AP reported.

Jacob Kiruma, who said he lived in the house adjacent to the one that collapsed, told AP the building was constructed "shoddily."

He said the block had been built in less than five months and the 126 single rooms cost $35 a month to rent.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta last year ordered an audit of all the buildings in the country after eight structures collapsed, killing at least 15 people.

The report found 58% of buildings in Nairobi are unfit to live in, AP reported.

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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