"Huge destruction" as Kenya dam bursts killing 27

Kenyan dam burst causes 'huge destruction of both life and property', local governor says

"The water has caused a huge destruction of both life and property".

"First responders have been on the ground; we commend them for the work they are doing", Esipisu said, adding relevant authorities will issue a comprehensive statement once they have full details.

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

Local television channel KTN News reported that 20 bodies have been recovered so far.

"The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained".

After a severe drought previous year, East Africa has been hit by two months of heavy rain that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda.

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Just arrived in Solai, Nakuru County to check the status of the ongoing multi-agency search and rescue operation following the Patel Dam disaster.

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

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

Recent flooding in the country has already killed more than 130 people and displaced a quarter of a million others.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country since the rains started pounding in March. The paper reports that an investigation is underway to find out if Patel "was licensed to set up the reservoirs".

Among villages affected are those in the farmlands of Nyakinyua, Endao, and Arutani where hundreds of people were displaced.

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