At least 21 dead after flower-farm dam bursts in Kenya

10 May, 2018, 14:06 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Kenyan dam bursts causing 'huge destruction' and deaths

A dam burst its banks in Kenya's Rift Valley, killing at least 27 people and forcing hundreds from their homes, Kenyan officials said on Thursday.

Mr Kinyajui said: "The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property".

The Kenyan Red Cross tweeted that it had rescued 39 people.

Private television station KTN News said that 20 bodies had been recovered from the scene so far.

The full extent of the damage isn't known yet.

At least 132 people have died since March from floods caused by seasonal rains, Kenya's government said Wednesday.

Officials said the dam water and mud spewed out of the reservoir and submerged homes over a radius of almost 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).

Ambulances rush survivors of the tragedy to hospital on May 9, 2018.

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

The dam, located on the upper part of the farm is eight kilometres from Solai Centre. and one of the four water reservoirs in the area owned by Mr Patel.

Recent heavy rain in the area is thought to have overwhelmed the dam, before it failed and water surged across a 1.2 mile radius, destroying homes, buildings, powerlines, and a primary school, Reuters reported.

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

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



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