At least 44 killed as dam bursts in Kenya

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Another 40 people have been reported missing.

The dam in the Rift Valley - which is around 150km north of the capital, Nairobi - burst its banks on Wednesday, washing away nearly an entire village.

Rongai police boss Japheth Kioko on Thursday said 33 bodies had been recovered, with search and rescue operation ongoing.

Dozens more were taken to hospital with injuries.

The floodwaters carved out a dark brown chasm in the hillside and swept away everything in their path - powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary school.

Heavy torrential rains have killed 132 people across Kenya since March, according to official statistics, BBC reported, while over 220,000 people have lost their homes.

Numerous houses affected were rickety structures made of wood and tin that stood little chance against the raging floodwater.


More than 150 people have been killed and 300,000 displaced in Kenya, where roads, bridges and crops have been swept away, causing millions of dollars of damage.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered police to investigate and establish the cause of the Solai dam tragedy that left 44 people dead.

The dam used for irrigation and fish farming is owned by an Asian farmer who settled in Solai in the 1960s, and is one of two others in the expansive farm just outside Nakuru town.

The Daily Nation newspaper quoted government officials as saying the dam and others on the 3,500-acre Solai farm, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, had not been cleared by government engineers.

Vinoj Kumar, general manager of the Solai farm, blamed the disaster on massive rainfall in a forest above the dam.

The Water Resources Management Authority (Warma) said they have been engaging Patel Coffee Estates Limited to legalise the dams without success.

At least 33 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds of families displaced following the incident.

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