21 bodies recovered after dam burst in Kenya


"We have recovered 27 bodies and many people are missing".

Local reports suggest roughly 100 homes have been affected, including properties on the Nyakinyua Farm that borders the reservoir.

The trail of destruction left by the raging waters. People were feared to be trapped in thick mud stretching over a mile.

The Kenyan Red Cross tweeted that it had rescued 39 people. Those who were saved were rushed to Bahati Sub-County and Nakuru Level 5 Hospitals.

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

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

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The dam is estimated to be of a one-acre diameter and had collected much water due to the ongoing rains.

An area representative Peter Mbae told the Daily Nation "We assure residents that the rescue teams are doing their best to evacuate affected families to safety and assist victims get medical attention".

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui visited the scene on Wednesday night and said the water from the dam had caused massive destruction of both property and life.

The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained, he said in a statement.

"The county has dispatched ambulances to the scene to aid in the evacuation of victims". "Looking at families being displaced, children, mothers, the elderly being swept away by floods, it's traumatizing".

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