There was alarm in Embakasi-Mradi on Monday as some residents reported a suspected gas leak near the site of a significant gas explosion that occurred on February 1, 2024.

In response to public reports, police authorities and county government officials promptly arrived at the scene to assess the situation. Embakasi Police Commander Wesley Kimetto mentioned that, based on his initial assessment, there was no clear evidence of a gas leak, but experts were called in to verify.

The police contacted the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) to confirm the presence of an underground tank and assess whether any leakage was occurring. As a precautionary measure, residents in the vicinity were advised to evacuate their homes.

Nairobi Police Commander Adamson Bungei, along with other officers, is present at the site to ensure the safety of the area. He emphasized their commitment to avoiding any risks, especially in light of the recent explosion.

The explosion on Thursday claimed six lives, with additional casualties undergoing treatment at various city hospitals. Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura provided an update, revealing that seven individuals are in critical condition at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH).

KUTRRH has treated a total of 27 patients, with eight already discharged and 19 under current care, including 10 males, six females, and three minors. KNH received 67 patients from the incident, with six in critical condition suffering from severe burns.

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