Kenya Dam Bursts: Officials Say 21 Bodies Recovered

Kenya Dam Bursts: Officials Say 21 Bodies Recovered

Kenya Dam Bursts: Officials Say 21 Bodies Recovered

The death toll from a burst Kenyan dam has risen to 32, interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said on Thursday.

"So many people are yet to be found".

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

Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, on Wednesday night, sweeping away hundreds of homes, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the reservoir. The one acre dam broke its dam Wednesday night at around 7PM.

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Local police chief Japheth Kioko fears the death toll could climb but says so far they have counted 47 people who have died.

He added: "It is a disaster because most people were asleep when the tragedy occurred and their houses were swept away".

The governor of Nakuru County Lee Kinyanjui noted that the county government would do its best to ensure that the victims are migrated to a safer place.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet are among top government officials who toured the scene of the incident to assess the situation. Relevant authorities will issue a comprehensive statement once we have full details.

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Red Cross gave this number and said tens of people were unaccounted for and 39 rescued.

The trail of destruction left by the flooded dam was evident Thursday, having swept off homes and crops in nearby farms. Dozens of other schools remain closed in most parts of the country over floods, especially in Siaya County.

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

According to KRCS, counties of Turkana, Tana River, Garissa, Isiolo, Taita Taveta, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, West Pokot, Samburu and Narok are the most his by the latest spate of floods.

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The Red Cross appealed last week for Sh500 million to help those affected. Last May the wall of a hospital collapsed due to rains, killing six people in Kenya's second largest city, Mombasa.

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