Saturday, 20 October, 2018

At least 27 people killed after dam bursts in Kenya

Situation in Solai Nakuru County after Patel Dam burst its banks in Nakuru County Kenyan dam burst causes 'huge destruction of both life and property', local governor says
Jay Anderson | 10 May, 2018, 14:30

Weeks of heavy rain caused the Patel dam in the Kenyan town Solai to burst late on Wednesday, with government officials saying Thursday morning that the gushing water has led to loss of life and property.

Property worth of billions of shillings was destroyed by the raging waters as most structures that stood along the water way were swept to a radius of over three kilometres.

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".

The Patel dam belongs to a farmer who also has two other reservoirs on their land.

Deputy Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General, Farhan Aziz Haq, told the Guardian that 32 of Kenya's 47 counties had experienced severe flooding. At least 40 people have been rescued so far.




The flooding is the worst in Kenya since 2012, said Marshal Mukuvare, the regional disaster management delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter that it had rescued 39 people so far.

According to government officials, the rains have killed 132 people and displaced over 222,000 since March, Reuters reported.

Among villages affected are those in the farmlands of Nyakinyua, Endao, and Arutani where hundreds of people were displaced. Military helicopters have been deployed to assist with relief efforts. Caught between different extremes, millions of Kenyans are in dire straits.

The extreme weather comes at a time when the country is also trying to tackle a cholera outbreak as well as an epidemic of the mosquito-linked chikungunya virus.

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