21 killed after dam burst in western Kenya

21 killed after dam burst in western Kenya

Dozens of people are missing after the Solai Dam in Nakuru county overflowed, Nairobi-based KTN News reported, citing county Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

Local officials say the Patel dam burst, causing "huge destruction of both life and property".

Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter it had so far rescued 39 people.

It comes after weeks of heavy rain.

The mega dam is located inside a commercial flower farm of prominent Indian-origin farmer Mansukul Patel.

Some of the survivors said they tried to run after hearing the roaring sound of the water but they were outrun and swept away.

The Kenyan Red Cross on Thursday gave an estimate that up to 500 families may have been affected by the disaster.

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Residents of the nearby Marigu, Ruiru and Akuisi farms have been forced to flee for safety.

At least 113 people have died in the last two months and another 260,0000 displaced as raging floods wreak havoc across the country.

"The government will do everything possible to assist the affected families", said Mariangi when he visited the scene of tragedy, where he announced that an investigation was underway.

A total of 49,975 households (approximately 299,859 people) have been displaced, 19,223 livestock lost and about 21,741 acres of farmland with crops destroyed.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country since the rains started pounding in March.

The Red Cross appealed last week for $5 million (four million euros) to help those affected.

The incident occurred at around 7pm on Wednesday night causing extensive damage to homes, schools and businesses. It warned more rain in flood-prone areas could drive thousands from their homes by Monday.

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