At least 27 dead after dam bursts in Kenya

Situation in Solai Nakuru County after Patel Dam burst its banks in Nakuru County

Property estimated to be worth millions of shillings was also destroyed by the raging waters and thick mud.

In a statement to newsrooms, area Governor Lee Kinyanjui said 15 ambulances have been dispatched to the scene to evacuate victims.

According to Red Cross, tens of people were unaccounted for and 39 rescued.

Rongai police boss Japheth Kioko on Thursday said 20 bodies had been recovered, with search and rescue operation ongoing. Local officials say neither the extent of the damage nor the death toll are yet clear.

East Africa has experienced heavy rain over the past two months, killing 132 people and displacing 222,456 in 32 counties since March, Reuters reported.

"We want the dams demolished, one is now leaking and is the largest covering nearly four acres", said Solai resident Stephen Ngugi.

A disaster management team from the Nakuru County Government is also evacuating survivors to the Bahati Sub County and Nakuru Level Five hospitals.

The dam, located on the upper part of the farm is eight kilometres from Solai Centre. and one of the four water reservoirs in the area owned by Mr Patel.

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. "Looking at families being displaced, children, mothers, the elderly being swept away by floods, it's traumatizing".

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

Floodwaters from Patel Dam in Solai Ward, Subukia, damaged property of unknown value.

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