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"Sea of water" from Kenya dam burst kills at least 32

10 May, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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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.

Property estimated to be worth millions of shillings was also destroyed by the raging waters and thick mud.

"First responders have been on the ground; we commend them for the work they are doing", Esipisu said, adding relevant authorities will issue a comprehensive statement once they have full details.

The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued 39 people so far.

The 9pm horror rendered over 300 families homeless and about 2,500 residents were affected.

Police chief Joseph Kioko said, "We have recovered... bodies and many people are missing".

Heavy rainfall and floods have hit East Africa in recent months with Kenya and Rwanda among the worst hit.

The rescue mission was called off at 2am due to darkness but resumed on Thursday morning.

This image shows a child being rescued after a dam failed near the town of Solai, Kenya, on May 9, 2018.

The government said on Wednesday that the rain had killed 132 people and displaced 222,456 others in 32 counties since March.

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

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

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

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