Kenya dam burst 'causes huge destruction'

Kenya dam burst 'causes huge destruction'

Kenya dam burst 'causes huge destruction'

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

The trail of destruction left by the raging waters.

Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter that it had rescued 39 people so far. Thirty-eight people have been confirmed dead, hundreds are believed to have lost their homes and over 2,000 have been displaced by the flooding.

The full extent of the damage isn't known yet.

A search-and-rescue mission was ongoing.

This image shows a child being rescued after a dam failed near the town of Solai, Kenya, on May 9, 2018.

Nakuru Gov. Lee Kinyanjui told KTN News that the water rushed out of the dam at an incredible speed, taking with it homes and people.

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The Ministry of Education has closed Solai Boys' High School in Nakuru as it flooded after Patel Dam burst.

"We assure residents that we will do our best to take affected families to safety and help them get medical attention".

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

"Medics have been mobilised at Bahati Sub-County Hospital and Nakuru County Referral Hospital and are on standby to receive victims".

The Red Cross reports that more than 260,000 Kenyans have been displaced by the rains, which came after a gruesome drought.

Even before this week's dam-burst, heavy rains had caused havoc in Kenya, killing 132 people and displacing 222,000, according to the government. Several people reported missing.

"This will enable us reunite families who may have separated from their loved ones during the incident", he said.

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