"Sea of water" from Kenya dam burst kills at least 32

10 May, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Irene Delgado
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A search-and-rescue operation is under way as several people are feared to be trapped in thick mud which spewed from the reservoir, spreading over a radius of nearly two kilometres.

Rongai OCPD Japheth Kioko confirms 20 bodies recovered, fears the death toll could rise.

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Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter it had rescued 39 people so far. Several people reported missing.

"The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property". What was left of this man's house.

The disaster has reportedly caused billions of Kenyan shillings worth of damage, after the force of the water levelled nearby structures.

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Also affected were Solai Boys High School and Arutani Girls Secondary School. Military helicopters and personnel have for the past week been deployed to rescue people marooned by the flooding.

The Wednesday night incident occurred at around 9 o'clock in the evening when Patel Dam broke its banks sweeping villages in the Solai area of Subukia.

The floodwaters swept away powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary school, a Reuters photographer on the scene said, as rescue workers picked through rubble and mud searching for survivors.

Kabazi MCA Peter Mbae told the Nation that more than 20 families had been evacuated to safe grounds. Local officials say the full extent of the damage is not yet clear.

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

Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui stated that his office will do its best to ensure those affected are taken to a safer place.

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