Collapsed Huruma building was a disaster waiting to happen, say experts

Experts have the residential Huruma building that collapsed on April 29, 2016 was doomed before it was even built because of its location in a riparian land and only 10 metres away from a river. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The building was fated to be a disaster site long before the first mattock landed on the soil upon which it would stand — and fall.

  • It does not matter how strong the building in Huruma was or how well it was designed.

  • It was already standing on a geotechnical mine-field since it was inches from a river bank.

If you are considering putting up a residential apartment block, what happened in Nairobi’s Huruma estate last week is a compelling illustration of everything you should not do, construction experts have said.

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