At Least 27 Dead After Kenya Dam Burst

May 11, 2018, 04:20
At Least 27 Dead After Kenya Dam Burst

A Kenya dam burst its banks in the country's rift valley, forcing hundreds of people from their homes.

Heavy rain caused a dam to burst near the Kenyan town of Solai, killing dozens of people and displacing hundreds, authorities said.

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

The walls of the reservoir, just under 200km northwest of the capital Nairobi, collapsed late on Wednesday evening. "The number we have as of now is 32 people dead and several are missing", Mr Kibunjah said. He said the search for victims was still going on.

The disaster comes after three failed rainy seasons inflicted a crippling drought that sent food prices soaring and left more than three million people requiring food aid.

Houses in the area were also swept in the incident at about 9 pm, reports indicating that at least 500 families and 2,500 people were affected.

The floodwaters carved out a dark brown chasm in the hillside and swept away everything in their path - powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary school. I don't know where they are.

Richard Karanja who had just located his wife said he was still searching for some his children after the tragedy.

"It was like hell on earth".

"When we heard noises, we thought it was raining heavily nearby".

"I am looking for two others, I can only hope they are alive because I have been re-united with one".

Rongai police boss Japheth Kioko on Thursday confirmed that at least 20 bodies had been recovered, with search and rescue operation ongoing.

"For now, it is an ordinary accident where a dam broke its banks and water flew sweeping families along the path", he said, according to the Kenya Star".

"Most of them are women and children who could not have been able to run fast, and the elderly".

Weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides countrywide.

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