Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Over 20 Feared Dead After Dam Bursts in Kenya

Over 20 Feared Dead After Dam Bursts in Kenya

Solai is located some 190 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of the capital of Nairobi.

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

"The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained".

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) reported that thirty-nine people had been rescued in a joint operation with the county government and were admitted to Bahati sub-county and Nakuru County Referral Hospital.

Samuel Gachobe, who represents the area in Parliament, said the government was trying to identify the missing, and was providing food, blankets, bedding and medical care to people who had fled.

This comes as weather experts are warning of more heavy rains in the next few days in an unusual departure from traditional weather patterns.

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Local leaders are now seeking to find out whether the farmer was licensed to erect those dams, amid concerns on the condition of the remaining two which are also said to be full, our correspondent says.

He said 36 people had been hospitalised. The flood waters have destroyed an area of farmland larger than New York City, displaced over 260,000 people and drowned around 6,000 livestock.

Nakuru County police chief Gideon Kibunjah said that 32 bodies had been recovered so far. Military helicopters have been deployed to assist with relief efforts.

Heavy rain has battered Kenya and other East African nations over the past two months.

A young woman walks in floodwaters after a heavy rainy season downpour at the Dadaab refugee complex, in the north-east of Kenya, on April 17, 2018.

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