20 dead, hundreds displaced as Patel Dam 'bursts' in Nakuru

Emergency responders evacuating victim’s bodies after Patel dam burst its bank in Solai Nakuru County Kenya

After a night of heavy rain, a dam in Kenya burst on Wednesday sweeping away hundreds of homes and causing "huge destruction".

The burst happened in Solai, Nakuru county, 120 miles northwest of the capital, Nairobi, late on Wednesday.

Mr Kinyajui said: "The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property".

The Kenya Red Cross said 39 people had been rescued from the mud.

A local television station said 20 bodies had been recovered so far.

Preliminary reports indicate that at least 27 people have been killed, and over 2,000 rendered homeless. Local officials say the full extent of the damage is not yet clear.

After a severe drought previous 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.

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At least 38 people were killed, though the death toll could rise as search-and-rescue operations continue.

A disaster management team from the Nakuru County Government is also evacuating survivors to the Bahati Sub County and Nakuru Level Five hospitals.

The dam is located inside the farm of prominent farmer Mansukul Patel in Solai.

The dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of almost two kilometres.

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

Kinyanjui said they were doing their best to evacuate affected families to safety and assist victims to get medical attention.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country since the rains started pounding in March. So far over 300 homes are confirmed to have been affected. Several people reported missing.

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