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At least 20 dead after dam burst in Kenya

10 May 2018, 02:09 | Damon Campbell

Dam Burst Leaves at Least 20 People Dead in Southwestern Kenya

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Police confirm that three more bodies recovered, bringing the death toll to 34.

Last week, at least 12 people were killed when a building collapsed during torrential rains in Nairobi.

"The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property", Nakuru's governor Lee Kinyajui said in a statement. Many more are feared still trapped. At least 40 people have been rescued so far.

A disaster management team from the Nakuru County Government is also evacuating survivors to the Bahati Sub County and Nakuru Level Five hospitals.

The Daily Nation reports that the dam in Solai is owned by Mansukul Patel, a "large-scale irrigation farmer".

The other two dams are intact but with with high volumes of water.

Area MCA Peter Mbae said more than 20 families had been evacuated to safe grounds.

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Residents leave after their houses were destroyed by floodwaters from Patel Dam in Solai Ward, Subukia.

A dam burst overnight in a Kenyan town after heavy rain, causing "huge destruction" and deaths, a government official said on Thursday.

"The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", he said.

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

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

UNOCHA said the flooding could get worse, with heavy rains forecast to continue in the Rift Valley and the Lake Victoria basin over the next few weeks.

Over 32 people have been killed after walls of a dam in the western part of the country collapsed on Wednesday.



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