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Kenyan dam bursts causing "huge destruction", deaths

Kenyan dam bursts causing

The dam in Solai, 190km north-west of the capital Nairobi, burst after weeks of heavy rain, causing "huge destruction", a government official said on Thursday.

It's owned by Mansukul Patel, a horticulture farmer who uses the water to irrigate his flower farms.

The Kenyan Red Cross tweeted that 39 people had been taken to the hospital as a result of the busted dam. Confirming the death toll, regional police chief Gideon Kibunjah said among those dead are about 20 children, while 36 people have been hospitalized.

The death toll in the Patel Dam tragedy in Solai, Nakuru County has climbed to 44 after more bodies were retrieved on Thursday evening. "It is a double tragedy and these communities have been rendered more vulnerable because of the cyclical disasters and their coping mechanisms has been totally depleted", Gullet added.

But government officials said it had 80 million litres of water, 72 million of which poured out to the neighbouring villages, killing tens and destroying property. Witness told the paper that they heard an "explosion" before water poured out, sweeping away hundreds of homes.

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The Kenyan Red Cross estimates that up to 500 families were affected by the disaster, which took place some 150 kilometres (90 miles) northwest of Nairobi.

Kinyanjui said foodstuff and other items have been donated to displaced families and a center set up for families to report missing members.

After a severe drought previous year, East Africa has been hit by two months of heavy rain, affecting almost a million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda as bridges have been swept away and roads turned into rivers of mud. "There is another dam which is also overflowing which is looking risky", she said. The floods hit as the East African nation was recovering from a severe drought that affected half of the country.

Then came massive waves of water, which crashed through farmland, swept away hundreds of houses and killed at least 32 people. Dozens of other schools remain closed in most parts of the country over floods, especially in Siaya County.

The Red Cross appealed last week for Sh500 million to help those affected.


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