Kenyan dam burst causes 'huge destruction', deaths

Emmett Rice
May 11, 2018

Almost three dozen people were killed in Kenya when a dam broke after weeks of heavy rains, authorities said Thursday.

The water released from the dam flooded villages sweeping away homes leaving residents chest-deep in water.

A rescue operation by Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru County disaster management teams went into operation this morning.

Nearly an entire village was swept away by silt and water from the burst dam, said Gideon Kibunja, the county police chief in charge of criminal investigations.

At least 113 people have died in the last two months and another 260,0000 displaced as raging floods wreak havoc across the country.

The incident in Solai near the city of Nakuru occurred late yesterday, and followed weeks of heavy rain in the region.

About 200 Kenyan soldiers were called in to help with search and rescue efforts.

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Villagers said it started with a loud rumble, then houses collapsed one by one under an approaching wall of water.

According to Regional police chief Gideon Kibunja, "27 people are dead and 40 others in need of urgent medical aid".

Governor Kinyanjui said 450 homes had been hit by the floodwaters and safety engineers had been sent to inspect three other dams to check for cracks or breaches. "All our houses have been ruined", Ms Ngigi added.

At least 132 people have died and more than 225,000 displaced, from floods caused by seasonal rains since March, according to a government statement.

The dam broke as a result of heavy rainfall in the area of the country.

Local leaders are reportedly investigating whether the farmer responsible for the dam was licensed to install it.

Security services have deployed choppers in areas where roads have been rendered impassible to rescue marooned civilian populations.

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