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Kenya’s dam bursts, sweeping away homes

In Kenya's Rift Valley, thousands displaced from their homes after a dam burst its banks

At least 38 people have been killed in Kenya’s Rift Valley and thousands displaced from their homes after a dam burst its banks.

Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, on Wednesday night, sweeping away hundreds of homes, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the reservoir.

Gideon Kibunja who is the county police chief in charge of criminal investigation was reported saying that, 38 bodies were recovered while several others missing.

“It is a disaster,” said Rongai.

It is further reported that, up to 40 people have been rescued from the mud and taken to hospital today morning in rescue operations by the Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru County disaster management teams. However, more are feared still trapped.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi was set to visit the site Thursday.

At least 132 people have died in Kenya after weeks of heavy rains that resulted into floods.

The East African nation was recovering from a severe drought that had affected half of the country.

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