Houses destroyed by Monday's fire
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Nairobi fire: 'Residents could sue'

Dozens of people were killed on Monday after a fire at a fuel pipeline in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, engulfed makeshift homes.

This disaster raises many questions about urban planning and safety.

An expert from the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance in Kenya, Maurice Odhiambo Makoloo, explained to the BBC's Network Africa programme what the law says about industries and residential areas.

He said that the residents of the disaster area would have a strong case if they decided to sue for loss of life, serious injuries, destruction of properties, disruption of lives, and general damage.

  • 13 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa