Dozens still missing after Kenya Patel dam burst

Military officers drain water from an adjacent dam after another dam burst its walls overrunning nearby homes in Solai town near Nakuru

Dozens still missing after Kenya Patel dam burst

Another 40 people have been reported missing.

Yesterday morning Kenya's chief prosecutor Noordin Haji ordered the opening of a police investigation into the tragedy "to establish cause and culpability". "A lot of them are women and children who could not have been able to run fast, and the elderly", said a senior police officer at the scene, the Nation reported.

"The resultant investigation file should be forwarded to my office for perusal and appropriate action within 14 days of the date hereof", reads the letter to Boinnet.

Patel is said to havê constructed seven dams on his 6,000 acres of land and it is reported that in 2015, one of the dams burst its banks. "Please, let the people know that everything is under control", he assured.

Speaking at the scene, Rift Valley Commissioner Mwongo Chimwanga said the identified bodies were at the Nakuru county morgue. Kibunjah said that this is a disaster because most of the people were asleep during the accident and their house washed away in water.

"The draining is being done in a way that the water will not cause devastation to the people".

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"For the last one year, we have been trying to engage the company on how to legalise the dams on its farm but they have been reluctant. It was built 20 years back".

"We send our deep condolences".

"I once met one of the Patels long time ago when I was representing the area in parliament and they were very reclusive people besides doing a few community social responsibility projects in the area", he recalled. "After the flood had subsided, we managed to rescue my wife alive with injuries but we found the girls dead", said another survivor, who identified himself only as Josphat.

Matiangi said the government will assist the people displaced by the collapsed reservoir to rebuild their lives through provision of building materials, food and primary healthcare.

"We need to increase budgetary allocation to disaster management and more importantly address their root cause which happens to be climate change", Muthami remarked.

He defended his boss, Patel Mansukul, who owns the farm saying they were equally devastated by the happenings and would walk with the victims in tough times just as they had amicably stayed in the past. They also run a modern dairy farm that produces hundreds of litres of milk daily.

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