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At least 41 killed after Kenya dam bursts

12 May 2018, 04:22 | Bernice Figueroa

Dam in Kenya bursts; 44 killed

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"Engineers are on site conducting controlled release of water", Rift Valley regional commissioner Wanyama Musiambo said in a statement. A police commander announced Friday the death toll had grown to 45.

A big contingent of officers from the Kenyan military and Red Cross volunteers are combing through the flood path in Solai.

"We'll make sure they are fed properly", he said.

Yesterday, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered immediate investigations into the cause of the tragedy.

A general view shows the dam that burst its walls, overrunning nearby homes, in Solai town near Nakuru, Kenya May 10, 2018.

Rift Valley regional manager Simon Wang'ombe said Warma officials had toured the farm severally and had asked the owner to fix one of the dams.

Weeks of heavy rains have caused flooding and mudslides across the country that have left 175 dead, with no sign of a let-up in the deluge.

He said 1,000 - 1,500 people are employed every day and sang the praises of his employer, saying he always pays them on time and has given the villagers so many other indirect benefits that it would take a long time to list them. Families are helping to identify them. The farm has existed for nearly 60 years and the dam which collapsed has been there for nearly 20 years.

"The teams are likely to recover and retrieve more bodies from the debris and mud", Matiang'i said.

He had hopes of tracing the bodies.

"I was able to save my wife and two sons".

Sacks of rice arrived on lorries on Friday to provide for hundreds of families whose livelihoods had been swept away. But I want to assure them that we will stand with them. Ms Margaret Kong'ina found the bodies of her daughter and grandchild but could not find that of her niece in either of the mortuaries.

The walls of the reservoir, on top of a hill in Nakuru county, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, gave way late on Wednesday, unleashing a "sea of water" that careered down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing at least 47 people. But now I am in pain: "I am pained by the loss of my children".

"I was with my parents and my younger brother", he said. We are aware people have lost their valuables, we will harmonise things and you will be told what the company will do, ' he added. "There's so much property destruction", she said.

"I lived here with my colleagues, there were many houses around us and this is where many people were swept away", he said.

The Kenya Red Cross said 41 people had been rescued and taken to hospitals in Nakuru; 35 were treated and discharged by Thursday evening. Their child, 16, survived the tragedy. "She had hung onto a tree and was exhausted but, thank God, she is okay", Mwaniki said.

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