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32 killed in Kenya dam burst

32 killed in Kenya dam burst

Police spokesman Joseph Kioko said water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, sweeping away hundreds of homes in the neighborhood, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the water reservoir.

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

At least 100 people have died and almost 260,000 have been displaced by flooding in Kenya this month, the Kenyan Red Cross said. He was blind so he could not run.

The dam, belonging to a prominent farmer Mansukul Patel at Solai in Subukia, Nakuru County burst its banks causing a catastrophic overflow that swept across neighbouring, densely populated villages. "They found his body in the morning".

A police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP that the operation which has been ongoing for almost a day, has only targeted a section of the site, adding that the retrieved bodies are of people who were trying to flee the waters. "My other neighbors also died".

One primary school had been closed as a precaution, education officials said. "The number we have as of now is 32 people dead and several are missing", Mr Kibunjah said. "All our houses have been ruined".

In a statement, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui assured residents that "we will do our best to take affected families to safety and help them get medical attention". There is another dam which is also overflowing which is looking risky.

And yet weather experts are warning of more heavy rains in the next few days in an unusual departure from traditional weather patterns.

State House, through its spokesperson Mr Manoah Esipisu on Thursday afternoon said that the government is assessing the damage and would issue a comprehensive statement upon receipt of full details.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi visited the scene on Thursday and said the government had launched investigations to determine the stability of the six other dams.