"Huge destruction" as Kenya dam bursts killing 27

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

Nakuru County officials said the dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of almost two kilometers.

The dam gave way in Solai, in Nakuru county, 190 kilometres northwest of Nairobi, late on Wednesday.

He said the incident occurred on Wednesday evening, causing extensive damage to homes, schools and businesses.

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The Patel dam belongs to a farmer who also has two other reservoirs on their land.

Several people, among them children, were feared trapped in the mud even as a rescue operation by Kenya Red Cross and the Nakuru County Disaster Management was underway.

Among villages affected are those in the farmlands of Nyakinyua, Endao, and Arutani where hundreds of people were displaced.

According to government officials, the rains have killed 132 people and displaced over 222,000 since March, Reuters reported.

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As the rains worsen, the need for humanitarian assistance to victims becomes more pressing. Military helicopters have been deployed to assist with relief efforts.

A billion Kenyan shillings is worth roughly £7.3million.

After a severe drought past year, East Africa has been hit by two months of heavy rain, affecting almost a million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda as bridges have been swept away and roads turned into rivers of mud.

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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