Kenyan dam bursts causing 'huge destruction', deaths

Kenyan dam bursts causing 'huge destruction', deaths

The number could rise as it is feared that people people are trapped.

Police spokesman Joseph Kioko said water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam, causing mass damage and sweeping away hundreds of buildings.

Majority are women and children who could not have been able to run fast, and the elderly.

The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued some 40 people so far.

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Ambulances rush survivors of the tragedy to hospital on May 9, 2018.

The dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of almost two kilometres. One of the homes destroyed by raging waters from the Patel Dam. Teams from the national and provincial governments were scheduled to assess them on Thursday morning.

A senior police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity, said emergency workers had spent the night combing through engulfed houses to retrieve the bodies of the victims and had only covered about half of the affected area.

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

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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.

The government said on Wednesday that the rain had killed 132 people and displaced 222,456 others in 32 counties since March.

A centre, he said, has been set up near the scene for families to report missing members.

"This will enable us reunite families who may have separated from their loved ones during the incident", he said.

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