Death toll in Kenya dam burst rises to 32

Kenyan dam bursts causing 'huge destruction' and deaths

The breach happened on farmland near the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. "The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", said Lee Kinyajui, governor of Nakuru, the county where the dam is located.

Rescue operation by people, Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru County disaster management teams went into Thursday morning and more than 40 people have been rescued from the mud and taken to hospitals.

At least 132 people have died since March from floods caused by seasonal rains, Kenya's government said Wednesday.

The 9pm horror rendered over 300 families homeless and about 2,500 residents were affected.

At least twenty seven people have been killed when Patel Dam burst overnight flooding villages in the Subukia area of Nakuru County.

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UNOCHA said the flooding could get worse, with heavy rains forecast to continue in the Rift Valley and the Lake Victoria basin over the next few weeks. Local reports identified the failed structure as a privately owned earthen dam on a large farm.

Security services have deployed choppers in areas where roads have been rendered impassible to rescue marooned civilian populations.

According to Kibicho, the government had so far distributed food and medicine worth Sh600 million in thirty-two affected counties.

Its walls are said to have caved in due to the high volumes of water following heavy rains that have been pounding the country.

The wet weather has contributed to an ongoing cholera outbreak in Kenya, and an increasing number of chikungunya virus cases-spread by mosquitoes-are also being reported.

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