Dozens killed as dam bursts in Kenya

11 May, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Kim Reid
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Much of the area was completely devastated as power lines, homes and buildings were carried away by the fast-running water. "Next update will be 12 noon", Pius Masai, Deputy Director at National Disaster Management Unit said.

Another 40 are missing.

"It was a sea of water".

Heavy rains have fallen in Kenya for about a month, causing flooding that's already killed at least 100 people and displaced 260,000. At least 20 children are among the dead. My neighbour was killed when the water smashed through the wall of his house. Officials said homes over a radius of almost 2km were submerged. He was blind so he could not run. "First responders have been on the ground and we commend them for the work they are doing in the rescue efforts", Esipisu said via Twitter.

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"We heard from colleagues on the ground that they are anxious that two other dams in the area could also burst", Ishimwe added.

The governor of Nakuru County Lee Kinyanjui noted that the county government would do its best to ensure that the victims are migrated to a safer place.

Our Correspondent in Nakuru recounted seeing bodies of people-including young children hanging on cliffs or branches of trees that were felled by the floods from the dam owned by an Asian farmer who settled in Solai in 1960's and grows coffee, Macadamia and flowers for export.

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

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The capital, Nairobi, and the Rift Valley in the country's west are among areas where rain is expected to continue in the seven days to May 14, the Kenya meteorological department said on its website on Monday.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the East African country and in some cases the military has stepped in to airlift residents from submerged houses.

A government statement released earlier this week had put the number of people displaced by floods in Kenya at 222,456, a number that is likely to increase following the thousands who have been left homeless in Nakuru County.

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