Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Bodies Recovered after Dam Burst in Kenya

Article Image Dam Burst Leaves at Least 20 People Dead in Southwestern Kenya
Charlie Simmons | 10 May, 2018, 14:28

The burst happened in Solai, Nakuru county, 190 kilometres north-west of the capital, Nairobi, late on Wednesday (local time). Disaster management teams rescued 40 people from the mud and admitted them to local health facilities.

The number could rise as it is feared that people people are trapped.

The Patel dam belongs to a farmer who also has two other reservoirs on their land.

Kabazi MCA Peter Mbae told the Nation that more than 20 families had been evacuated to safe grounds.

A section of Solai Boys High School was damaged by the raging floods while residents of the nearby Marigu, Ruiru and Akuisi farms were forced to flee for safety.

A dam burst in Kenya after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a torrent of water that smashed into two villages, killing at least 21 people and causing "huge destruction", rescue services and government officials said.

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Nakuru County officials said the dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of almost two kilometers.

"The county has dispatched ambulances to the scene to aid in evacuation of victims", he said.

Heavy rainfall and floods have hit East Africa in recent months with Kenya and Rwanda among the worst hit.

The government said on Wednesday that the rain had killed 132 people and displaced 222,456 others in 32 counties since March.

The Governor also said a command centre at the office of Solai Assistant County Commissioner would help to account for those who are still missing.

"This will enable us reunite families who may have separated from their loved ones during the incident", he said.

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