31 people killed in Patel Dam tragedy, Solai, Nakuru

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Kenyan officials says a dam has burst its banks in the country's rift valley, forcing hundreds of people to shift from their homes.

The burst happened in Solai, Nakuru county, 190 kilometres north-west of the capital, Nairobi, late on Wednesday (local time).

"The water has caused a huge destruction of both life and property".

"We found 11 of the bodies covered with mud at a coffee plantation and these are people who may have been escaping but could not make it due to the force and speed of the water from the flooded dam", he said.

Local reports suggest roughly 100 homes have been affected, including properties on the Nyakinyua Farm that borders the reservoir.

Hundreds of people are said to have been left homeless.

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Death toll reaches 31; NYS, KDF, Red Cross, police and Nakuru County government continue with search and rescue operation, CS Fred Matiangi arrives at the scene.

This image shows a child being rescued after a dam failed near the town of Solai, Kenya, on May 9, 2018.

Statistics released by the Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Wednesday indicated that 222,456 people have so far been displaced as a result of ongoing rains in flood-prone areas.

Kinyanjui said they were doing their best to evacuate affected families to safety and assist victims to get medical attention.

"The county has dispatched ambulances to the scene to aid in evacuation of victims", he said.

The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country since the rains started pounding in March. Several people reported missing.

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