At least 21 dead after dam bursts in Kenya

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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.

It is now confirmed that Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County sitting on approximately 1 acre broke its banks to the nearby flooding the nearby shopping centre and the expansive Nyakinyua Farm bordering the dam.

"The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property".

Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui said 450 homes had been hit by the flood waters and safety engineers had been sent to inspect three other dams nearby.

According to Red Cross, tens of people were unaccounted for and 39 rescued.

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




A search-and-rescue operation is under way as several people are feared to be trapped in thick mud which spewed from the reservoir, spreading over a radius of nearly two kilometres.

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

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

The Red Cross reports that more than 260,000 Kenyans have been displaced by the rains, which came after a gruesome drought.

Statistics released by the Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Wednesday indicated that 222,456 people have so far been displaced as a result of ongoing rains in flood-prone areas. Several people reported missing.

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