Kenya's Patel dam bursts leaving at least 27 dead

Kenya's Patel dam bursts leaving at least 27 dead

Kenya's Patel dam bursts leaving at least 27 dead

Private television station KTN News said that 20 bodies had been recovered from the scene so far.

There are reports of many people still missing and a possibility that the death toll could increase.

"Locals at Solai shopping centre talk of a huge explosion" before seeing a cloud of water move their way.

Tens of people, including children, are feared trapped in the black mud.

"We found 11 of the bodies covered with mud at a coffee plantation and these are people who may have been escaping but could not make it due to the force and speed of the water from the flooded dam", he said.

Just arrived in Solai, Nakuru County to check the status of the ongoing multi-agency search and rescue operation following the Patel Dam disaster.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui said Nakuru County was working closely with KRCS as well as the security agencies to coordinate rescue missions.

The other two dams are intact but with with high volumes of water.

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Police, Red Cross, NYS and the Nakuru County Government workers continue rescue operation.

Kabazi MCA Peter Mbae told the Nation that more than 20 families had been evacuated to safe grounds.

Kinyanjui assured residents that "we will do our best to take affected families to safety and help them get medical attention".

Residents leave after their houses were destroyed by floodwaters from Patel Dam in Solai Ward, Subukia.

A dam burst in Kenya's rift valley after weeks of heavy rain, killing at least 27 people and causing "huge destruction", officials said Thursday.

The full extent of the damage isn't known yet.

"The county has dispatched ambulances to the scene to aid in the evacuation of victims".

The unusually heavy rains began in March and have so far killed at least 132 people.

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