June 18, 2024

Kenya dam bursts, kills 42 people

No fewer than 42 people have been killed in floods in central Kenya’s Mai Mahiu area after a dam burst early on Monday.

The East African country is battling downpours and floods.

The governor of Nakuru County, Susan Kihika, confirmed the incident.

“Forty-two dead, it’s a conservative estimate. There are still more in the mud. We are working on recovery,” the governor said.

The dam burst near the Rift Valley town of Mai Mahiu, washing away houses and cutting off a road.

Officials have previously said that 76 people had lost their lives in Kenya since March, as heavier than usual rains batter East Africa, compounded by the El Nino weather pattern.

Recall that dozens of people were killed in May 2018 when a dam burst in Solai, also in Nakuru County, during torrential rains and floods.

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