Solai Boys' school closed indefinitely after Nakuru dam burst

10 May, 2018, 14:30 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Kenyan dam burst causes 'huge destruction of both life and property', local governor says

At least 38 people have been killed after a dam burst in Kenya following a sustained period of heavy rain.

After a severe drought past year, East Africa has been hit by two months of heavy rain that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda.

The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained, he said in a statement.

The Kenya Red Cross (KRC) and the government have mounted a joint rescue operation in the area amid fears that that many may be trapped in the mud, including children. Police chief Joseph Kioko said, "We have recovered... bodies and many people are missing".

Heavy rain has battered Kenya and other East African nations over the past two months.

The mega dam is one of the three water reservoirs owned by a large-scale irrigation farmer, Mr Mansukul Patel, who was not around at the time of the tragedy.

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Arriving at the scene, Interior Minister Fred Matiangi pledged central government assistance to those affected.

Hundreds are said to have been left homeless and more than 2,000 displaced. It warned more rain in flood-prone areas could drive thousands from their homes by Monday.

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

Since March, at least 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares) of farmland have been submerged in water with an estimated 20,000 animals killed, the Red Cross said last week.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country. Military helicopters and personnel have for the past week been deployed to rescue people marooned by the flooding.

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