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Kenya’s Patel dam burst ’causes huge destruction’

May 9, 2018
People carry a bodybag after the Patel dam burst its bank at SolaiImage copyrightAFP/Getty Images
Image caption Hundreds of homes were swept away when the Patel dam burst its banks

A dam burst in Kenya on Wednesday night after heavy rain, causing “huge destruction” and killing at least 20 people, officials say.

The breach happened on farmland near the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued some 40 people so far.

Kenya’s Patel dam burst ’causes huge destruction’Kenya’s Patel dam burst ’causes huge destruction’

More than 2,000 people are said to have been left homeless. Local officials say the full extent of the damage is not yet clear.

Residents say many more people cannot be accounted for.

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