Bodies Recovered after Dam Burst in Kenya

10 May, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Kenyan dam burst causes 'huge destruction of both life and property', local governor says

A dam in Kenya has burst its banks after weeks of heavy rainfall, causing "huge destruction" and killing at least 27 people, according to local media.

The death toll from devastating floods in Kenya surged on Wednesday, when at least 20 people were killed when a dam burst in Nakuru county.

Property estimated at millions of shillings was also destroyed by the raging waters. "The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", Nakuru governor Lee Kinyajui said in a statement. The paper reported that the dam burst left over 500 families left homeless and affected around 2,500 residents.

Red Cross says the rescued people have been rushed to various health facilities in Subukia and Rift Valley General Provincial Hospital.

Samuel Gachobe, who represents the area in Parliament, said the government was trying to identify the missing, and was providing food, blankets, bedding and medical care to people who had fled.

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The area around Nakuru is on the edge of Kenya's main flower-farming region - a major source of foreign exchange and employment for East Africa's biggest economy - and is dotted with irrigation reservoirs. Arriving at the scene of the disaster, Interior Minister Fred Matiangi pledged central government assistance to those affected.

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

Among villages affected are those in the farmlands of Nyakinyua, Endao, and Arutani where hundreds of people were displaced.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country since the rains started pounding in March.

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