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Kenya. The dam broke. Killed, missing, injured

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A dam burst in western Kenya on Monday morning. At least 45 people died, AP News reported. More than a hundred people were injured and several dozen are missing.

The Old Kijabe Dam burst near the town of Mai Mahiu in Kenya's Nakuru County early Monday morning. Water carrying mud, rocks and uprooted trees flowed into the city and surrounding villages. Houses and streets were flooded. At least 45 people died as a result of the disaster, police officer Stephen Kirui told AP News.

The Kenya Red Cross reported that 109 people were injured and 49 are missing as a result of the dam burst.

“I woke up to a loud bang and then my house was filled with water,” said William Lokai, who lives in Mai Mahiu. The man, along with his brother and children, escaped from the elements to the roof.

On Saturday, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya's main airport, was flooded, causing some flights to be diverted. Footage showing the flooded runway, terminals and cargo section appeared on the Internet.

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Floods in Kenya

Kenya's Home Affairs Minister Kithure Kindiki has ordered the inspection of all public and private dams and reservoirs within 24 hours starting Monday afternoon to prevent further incidents. The ministry said evacuation and resettlement recommendations would be issued after the inspection.

The dam burst as a result of heavy rainfall. Kenya has been hit by rains since mid-March, which led to extensive flooding. A total of almost one hundred people died as a result of the disaster.

Floods also hit other East African countries. 155 people died due to heavy rains in Tanzania. In neighboring Burundi, the disaster forced the evacuation of over 200,000 people.

Kenya. Flood after a dam burstDANIEL IRUNGU/EPA

Kenya. Damage after the dam burst and floodsDANIEL IRUNGU/EPA

Main photo source: DANIEL IRUNGU/EPA



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