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At least 27 people killed as Kenyan dam bursts following heavy rains

10 May 2018

According to Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui the water from the dam has caused massive destruction of both property and life.

Rescue operation by Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru County disaster management teams went into operation today and up to 40 people have been rescued from the mud and taken to hospitals.

A local television station said 20 bodies had been recovered so far.

Reports indicate more than 2,500 residents were affected after the dam broke its banks sweeping away schools and homes. He, however, said the extent of the damage was yet to be established.

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Kenya, like other countries in East Africa, has experienced heavy rain over the past two months.

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

In Solai, Veronica Wanjiku Ngigi, 67, said she was at home brewing tea with her son at around 8 p.m. when his wife rushed in to say the dam had burst and they needed to get to higher ground immediately.

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

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After a severe drought, weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides that have left 159 dead.

Recent flooding in the country has already killed more than 130 people and displaced a quarter of a million others. "Looking at families being displaced, children, mothers, the elderly being swept away by floods, it's traumatizing".

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

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At least 27 people killed as Kenyan dam bursts following heavy rains