Officials: 21 bodies recovered after dam burst in Kenya

10 May 2018, 01:37 PM
21 bodies recovered after dam burst in Kenya ( Image: Butte County Sheriff)
21 bodies recovered after dam burst in Kenya ( Image: Butte County Sheriff)

Kenyan officials says a dam has burst its banks in the country's rift valley, forcing hundreds of people to shift from their homes. At least 21 people have died in the incident.

Police spokesman Joseph Kioko said water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, sweeping away hundreds of homes in the neighbourhood, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the water reservoir.

The incident raises the already high death toll in Kenya from floods due to seasonal rain.

In a statement, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui assured residents that "we will do our best to take affected families to safety and help them get medical attention."

First Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 01:18 PM
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