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Officials: At least 27 killed after dam burst in Kenya

AP  |  Nairobi 

A dam burst its banks in Kenya's Rift Valley, killing at least 27 people and forcing hundreds from their homes, Kenyan officials said today.

Water burst through the banks of the in Solai, Nakuru County, on Wednesday night, sweeping away hundreds of homes, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the reservoir.

"We have recovered 27 bodies and many people are missing. It is a disaster," said

Rescue operation by Red Cross and disaster management teams went into operation today and up to 40 people have been rescued from the mud and taken to hospitals.

Many are feared still trapped. Officials said the dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of nearly two kilometers (more than a mile) was set to visit the site today.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 10 2018. 13:55 IST
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