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A Kenyan woman has been rescued from rubble in Nairobi, six days after the building collapsed in heavy rains.

The woman is being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Kenya Red Cross says.

Thirty-six people have been confirmed dead following the building collapse of the six-storey residence on April 29 and more than 80 people are still missing.

The building’s presumed owners have been released on bail after being arrested on May 2.

Rescuers worked to get the survivor free after the woman was found on May 5.

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Bystanders who had been watching the rescue in Nairobi’s Huruma neighborhood applauded as she was carried away on a stretcher.

The head of Kenya’s National Disaster Management Unit, Pius Masai, said there is still hope that more people would be found alive.

A six-month-old child was pulled alive from the rubble on May 3, but her mother was found dead the following day.

Nairobi authorities say they had earmarked the building for demolition after it was declared unfit for human habitation.

An official audit of Kenya’s buildings found that more than half in Nairobi are not suitable for people to live in.

Dozens of people are feared trapped after the collapse of a seven-storey building in heavy rain in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, rescuers say.

Footages from the scene showed a crowd gathering at the Huruma residential estate as rescuers dug for survivors.

At least seven people are known to have died.

The Red Cross criticized “chaotic scenes” as rescuers arrived.

At least 121 people had been rescued, police told Kenya’s KTN network .Nairobi building collapse April 2016

It is unclear how many people are trapped beneath seven floors of concrete.

The rainfall in addition has caused landslides, washed away houses and flooded roads.

Fourteen people died in the Nairobi rains, including those in the collapse, police told KTN. Another four died when a wall toppled over, officials said.

The Huruma neighborhood is a poor district on the outskirts of Nairobi made up of narrow streets, meaning firefighters struggled to get to the scene and were delayed by large crowds.

After some time, the army took charge of the rescue – with the help of the Kenyan Red Cross.

Residents said that the building shook violently in the rain before collapsing.

Poor building standards are a fact of life in Kenya, correspondents say. A survey carried out last year found that more than half the buildings in the capital were unfit for habitation.

The high demand for housing in Nairobi has led to some property developers bypassing building regulations to reduce costs and increase profits.

There has however been some good news for the rescuers who extracted a number of children from the wreckage.

In 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit of all the buildings in Kenya after a spate of collapses.