Thursday, 24 May, 2018

21 bodies recovered after dam burst in Kenya

Situation in Solai Nakuru County after Patel Dam burst its banks in Nakuru County Kenyan dam bursts causing 'huge destruction' and deaths
Andrew Cummings | 10 May, 2018, 14:06

Property estimated to be worth millions of shillings was also destroyed by the raging waters and thick mud.

Governor of the county in a statement said the extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.

Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter that it had rescued 39 people so far.

There are fears of the toll rising further because "many people" are still unaccounted for, according to local leaders.

Government statistics released Wednesday showed that more than 220,000 people have been displaced by flooding as heavy rains hit the country after three consecutive failed rainy seasons had left it in drought.

Just arrived in Solai, Nakuru County to check the status of the ongoing multi-agency search and rescue operation following the Patel Dam disaster.

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Nakuru Gov. Lee Kinyanjui told KTN News that the water rushed out of the dam at an incredible speed, taking with it homes and people.

The Wednesday night incident occurred at around 9 o'clock in the evening when Patel Dam broke its banks sweeping villages in the Solai area of Subukia.

Nakuru east deputy county commissioner Omar Salat who is doubling as the acting Nakuru county commissioner assured the victims of the government's support.

Kenyan authorities and humanitarian organizations airlifted stranded residents to safety and provided aid to isolated communities after weeks of heavy rain and landslides.

300 families have been displaced by the disaster with over 2000 residents affected.

A desk has been set up to make reports on missing family members.

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