At least 21 people killed as Kenyan dam bursts following heavy rains
10 May, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Edward Snyder
Solai is located some 190 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of the capital of Nairobi.
Police spokesman Joseph Kioko said water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam, causing mass damage and sweeping away hundreds of buildings.
The Kenyan Red Cross said that 39 had been taken to hospital after Patel Dam in Subukia broke its banks, affecting nearby villages.
Since March when heavry rains started pouring for instance, at least 8,450 acres of farmland have been submerged in water with an estimated 6,000 livestock killed. Search-and-rescue teams are looking for survivors as local residents-many now homeless-salvage what they can from the destruction, reports AP.
The flooding is the worst in Kenya since 2012, said Marshal Mukuvare, the regional disaster management delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Local leaders are now seeking to find out whether the farmer was licensed to erect those dams, amid concerns on the condition of the remaining two which are also said to be full, our correspondent says.
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Nakuru County police chief Gideon Kibunjah said that 32 bodies had been recovered so far.
As the rains worsen, the need for humanitarian assistance to victims becomes more pressing.
Security services have deployed choppers in areas where roads have been rendered impassible to rescue marooned civilian populations.
Its walls are said to have caved in due to the high volumes of water following heavy rains that have been pounding the country. Many of those affected were already greatly in need of assistance following the 2017 drought.
According to Kibicho, the government had so far distributed food and medicine worth Sh600 million in thirty-two affected counties.
The extreme weather comes at a time when the country is also trying to tackle a cholera outbreak as well as an epidemic of the mosquito-linked chikungunya virus.
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