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Officials: 2 dead after 8 story building collapses in Kenya

  • Kenyans watch rescue workers as they look for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in the capital Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The residential building in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi collapsed on Sunday and according to the Kenya Red Cross,  a dozen people have so far been rescued but an unknown number are still feared trapped. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

    Kenyans watch rescue workers as they look for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in the capital Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The residential building in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi collapsed on Sunday and according to the Kenya Red Cross, a dozen people have so far been rescued but an unknown number are still feared trapped. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescue workers look for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in the capital Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The residential building in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi collapsed on Sunday and according to the Kenya Red Cross,  a dozen people have so far been rescued but an unknown number are still feared trapped. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

    Rescue workers look for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in the capital Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The residential building in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi collapsed on Sunday and according to the Kenya Red Cross, a dozen people have so far been rescued but an unknown number are still feared trapped. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescue workers use a sniffer dog to look for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in the capital Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The residential building in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi collapsed on Sunday and according to the Kenya Red Cross, a dozen people have so far been rescued but an unknown number are still feared trapped. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

    Rescue workers use a sniffer dog to look for survivors at the site of the collapsed building in the capital Nairobi, Kenya , Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The residential building in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi collapsed on Sunday and according to the Kenya Red Cross, a dozen people have so far been rescued but an unknown number are still feared trapped. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)  (The Associated Press)

A police official says two people died and 38 others were rescued Sunday night when an eight-story residential building collapsed in Nairobi.

Nairobi police official Benson Kibue said one of the victims died on arrival at Hospital and a child's body was retrieved from the rubble in the lower-income Huruma area.

Kenya Red Cross official Nick Thiongo said dozens of the building residents cannot be traced. Nairobi County Chief Planner Tom Odongo said the upper floors were being built in quick succession, putting pressure on the lower floors. Last month eight people died when a building collapsed in Kaloleni another lower-income area of Nairobi.

Because of high demand for housing in Nairobi, some property developers often bypass building regulations to cut costs and maximize profits.