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Local residents wait inside an ambulance after Patel dam burst its bank at Solai, about 40 kilometres north of Nakuru, Kenya, on May 9, 2018.
A dam in Kenya has burst its banks after weeks of heavy rainfall, causing “huge destruction” along with killing at least 27 people, according to local media.
The breach happened inside town of Solai, which can be approximately 0 miles northwest of the capital of Nairobi, late on Wednesday.
Regional police chief Gideon Kibunja confirmed to a local radio station in Nairobi on Thursday of which the death toll had risen overnight to 27 people, while 40 others were in need of medical treatment in hospital.
“The water has caused huge destruction of both life along with property. The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained,” Lee Kinyajui, governor of Nakuru county, said in a statement via Twitter.
The Kenya Red Cross said This specific had rescued 39 people shortly after the dam burst, while several people were feared to be trapped in thick mud which had spilled over via the reservoir — spreading over a radius of just over 1 mile.
Kenya’s Daily Nation reported local citizens had heard an “explosion” via the Patel Dam shortly before water started off gushing out, sweeping over hundreds of homes.
Heavy rainfall along with severe flash floods in countries across East Africa have left more than 300 people dead along with displaced thousands of others over the past two months — with Kenya along with Rwanda the worst hit.
Kenya’s government said Wednesday of which the ongoing torrential rains have killed 132 people along with displaced more than 220,000 people in 32 counties since March. The rainfall along with flooding has also prevented or limited humanitarian access to many of the affected areas.
The extreme weather comes at a time when the country can be also trying to tackle a cholera outbreak as well as an epidemic of the mosquito-linked chikungunya virus.