Kenya demolishes unfit houses

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NAIROBI – Authorities in Kenya's capital Nairobi have begun demolishing homes in an area where the collapse of a building killed at least 36 people last week.

Eight buildings deemed unfit to live in were the first to be destroyed in the district of Huruma.

More than 200 are to follow.

Officials say many of the houses are substandard or built on unsafe grounds.

A recue operation continues at the collapsed building, which had been declared unfit for human habitation.

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The first structure that was demolished was a network of eight low-rise buildings with an estimated 600 residents.

People were warned a week ago to vacate, but many were seen taking their possessions out on Friday morning.

Another 90 houses will be pulled down next. Other areas affected include Roysambu, Hazina, Zimmerman, Kahawa West, Umoja and Dagoretti.

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