Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

At Least 27 Dead After Kenya Dam Burst

At Least 27 Dead After Kenya Dam Burst

Amid mounting scrutiny of the local authorities, Lee Maiyani Kinyanjui, governor of Nakuru County, tweeted: "We assure residents that we are doing our best to evacuate affected families to safety and assist victims [to] get medical attention".

Regional police chief Gideon Kibunjah confirmed the death toll has risen overnight to 38 and the disaster left 40 people needing hospital treatment.

Kenyan town dam, has experienced a burst weeks after a heavy rain fall, leading to massive destruction and deaths of the residents, the incident was made known by a government official on Thursday.

"We are saddened by the loss of lives and property occasioned by the bursting of Patel dam in Solai, Subukia".

Other nearby dams looked like they were ready to burst, Wanjiku said.

The Kenya Red Cross said 39 people had been rescued from the mud.

"We have recovered 20 bodies and many people are (still) missing".

"Most of them are women and children who could not have been able to run fast, and the elderly".

The region has seen heavy rains during the past two months, causing floods and mudslides that had already killed more than 130 people.

Our Correspondent at the scene said she had scene gory images of bodies, including of young children, trapped by debris while others were dug out of mud or retrieved from their damaged houses which were washed away by flood waters.

Several villages were affected around Nakuru, Kenya´s fourth-largest city, as well as two schools.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, Subukia MP Kinuthia Gachobe and social media strategist Spokesman Gitonga arrive at the scene of Solai dam tragedy.

A total of 49,975 households (approximately 299,859 people) have been displaced, 19,223 livestock lost and about 21,741 acres of farmland with crops destroyed.

State House, Nairobi has relayed its official message on the Wednesday Patel dam tragedy in Solai, Nakuru County that has left over 34 persons dead. Rwanda and Ethiopia also have been affected by flooding, and about 100,000 people have been displaced in Somalia.

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