Death toll rises to 48 after Kenyan dam burst

Death toll rises to 48 after Kenyan dam burst

Death toll rises to 48 after Kenyan dam burst

By Friday evening, the death toll had reached 48, with rescue efforts ongoing.

Listen to how efficient Red Cross is in assisting Kenyans. "In fact, people call him the god of Solai", said Shadrack Cherogony.

While expressing his condolences to the affected families, Jayakumar, said that the Patel farm has been distributing food and blankets to the 2500 displaced people now camping at Solai Boys High School. An earlier police report said about half the victims were children.

Speaking on Sauti Ya Mwananchi Radio Friday, Koigi recalled Ngunjiri praising the dam owner and proprietor of the Patel horticultural ranch Mr Mansukul Patel for his agricultural prowess in a press briefing on Thursday, terming it an unfortunate observation.

The dam, which is located on private farmland, and reportedly used for irrigation and fish farming, burst after heavy rains in the area, which continued into Thursday, making rescue efforts more hard.

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Residents around Solai had also noted leakage.

Citizens and leaders have united in mourning the dead and comforting the about 40 people who sustained injuries and are admitted to various hospitals in Nakuru. "We did not wish for any of this to happen because they are all family", Mr Jayakuma told Saturday Standard at the farm.

The heavy rains in Kenya and other regional states come after a severe drought which left millions of people in need of food aid.

But the general manager of the farm, Vinoj Kumar, denied the accusation.

"The dams are not illegal". Other dams on the same property, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, also lacked the necessary documents, she said.

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"The rains started yesterday at night and then we had a crack then a loud bang, soon there was water everywhere and the electricity went out", said Beatrice Wanyonyi, a resident from the village of Subukia who spoke to Anadolu Agency over the phone.

The manager said the best thing for everyone to do is to work together and find a way out of the crisis which he reiterates was a natural calamity. She added that she had lost a lot of her neighbors.

The disaster is likely to put a spotlight on regulation of Kenya's cut-flower industry, which has grown dramatically in the last two decades to become one of the biggest foreign exchange earners in East Africa's top economy and a major source of jobs.

At the same time, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji directed Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet to conduct through investigations to establish the cause and culpability of the tragedy that claimed 44 lives and left a trail of destruction.

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