Kenya's Patel dam bursts, sweeping away homes in Solai

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At least 40 people trapped in the mud have been rescued by the Kenyan Red Cross on Wednesday night, although rescue teams fear there could be many more trapped victims, including children, and have warned of the possibility of increasing the number of victims. dead, since many people are still missing. "It was built 20 years back".

The tragedy saw more than 2, 500 others displaced as a search for missing persons entered the third day. "There's no illegal [There is nothing illegal]", he said.

In Solai, standing on what is left of the dam, Vinod Jayakumar, a senior manager at the farm, defended his employer, Mr Patel Mansukul, in an interview on Citizen TV, attributing the tragedy to heavy rains and asking residents of villages in the area to pray for the downpour to stop as it is the cause of their woes.

"I hereby direct that investigations be conducted and a file of the investigation report forwarded to the DPP office in 14 days, for perusal and appropriate action", he said in a statement. Bridges have been swept away and roads turned into rivers of mud.

"We'll make sure they are fed properly", he said.

"I was able to save my wife and two sons".

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Ngugi Njoroge, one of dozens receiving treatment for his injuries, told reporters from his hospital bed he was separated from his family. "I began searching at dawn and found bodies of my daughter and grandchild in a ditch about five kilometres downstream", said Ms Kong'ina.

"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.

The water swept away an entire village consisting of over 200 houses and hosted more than 5,000 people as it destroyed everything on its path in minutes.

"The dam collapsed because of natural calamities, we have so much rain". "One of the dams will have to be discharged to avoid disaster".

The farm manager also regretted the awful incident stating that the company would prepare and see how much it would compensate.

The heavy rains in Kenya and other regional states come after a severe drought which left millions of people in need of food aid. Kenya's government in a statement said that at least 132 people have died since March die to floods caused by seasonal rains and that the dam burst has taken the toll to almost 170. We are aware people have lost their valuables, we will harmonise things and you will be told what the company will do, ' he added.

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