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21 bodies recovered after dam burst in Kenya

10 May 2018, 02:08 | Myrtle Vega

At least 20 dead after dam burst in Kenya

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At least 38 people were killed, though the death toll could rise as search-and-rescue operations continue.

A senior police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity, said emergency workers had spent the night combing through engulfed houses to retrieve the bodies of the victims and had only covered about half of the affected area.

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The Kenyan Red Cross said on Twitter it had so far rescued 39 people.

A team from both the national and county governments is expected to assess them this morning. "Looking at families being displaced, children, mothers, the elderly being swept away by floods, it's traumatizing". What was left of this man's house.

It has reportedly caused billions of Kenyan shilling's worth of damage, with the force of the water levelling nearby structures.

Solai Boys' High School and Patel Day Secondary School were also been affected.

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At least 10 dead have been confirmed and 2,500 residents displaced after Nakuru's Patel Dam broke its banks.

The dam is one of the three water reservoirs owned by a large-scale irrigation farmer, in the area.

Officials said the dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of almost two kilometers (more than a mile) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi was set to visit the site on Thursday.

Kabazi MCA Peter Mbae told the Nation that more than 20 families had been evacuated to safe grounds.

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.

"The county has dispatched ambulances to the scene to aid in the evacuation of victims. The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", Nakuru governor Lee Kinyajui said in a statement.



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