Kenyan dam bursts causing 'huge destruction', deaths

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A Kenyan town dam burst after weeks of heavy rain has resulted in "huge destruction" and deaths, a government official said on Thursday. "The death toll is now 27", Kibunjah said.

Heavy rainfall and severe flash floods in countries across East Africa have left more than 300 people dead and displaced thousands of others over the past two months - with Kenya and Rwanda the worst hit. My neighbor was killed when the water smashed through the wall of his house. "My other neighbors also died". Almost all Kenya's cut flowers are exported to Europe. At least 40 people have been rescued so far. "There is another dam which is also overflowing which is looking risky", she said. "The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", said Lee Kinyajui, governor of Nakuru, the county where the dam is located.

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"We assure residents that the rescue teams are doing their best to evacuate affected families to safety and assist victims get medical attention", said Mr Mbae.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi flew from Nairobi to lead the operation on Thursday morning and was set to issue a statement over the tragedy at the private dam used for irrigation and fish farming.

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The United Nations UNOCHA disaster agency said 580,000 people had been affected by torrential rain and flooding in neighbouring Somalia, while the Somali region of eastern Ethiopia had taken a hammering, with 160,000 people affected. Recent heavy rain in the area is thought to have overwhelmed the dam, before it failed and water surged across a 1.2 mile radius, destroying homes, buildings, powerlines, and a primary school, Reuters reported.

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