Dam collapse kills at least 45 people

Dam collapse kills at least 45 people

At least 45 people have died after a dam collapsed and dozens more are still missing after a wall of water swept away homes and cut off a main road in Western Kenya.

“The Old Kijabe Dam, located in the Mai Mahiu area of the Great Rift Valley region that is prone to flash floods, collapsed and water spilled downstream, carrying with it mud, rocks and uprooted trees,” police official Stephen Kirui told the press.

Susan Kihika, Governor of Nakuru County has been visiting affected areas and told onlookers, “we are currently going around to all our dams and draining the water so that this doesn’t happen again.”

Vehicles were entangled in the debris on one of Kenya’s busiest highways and paramedics treated the injured as waters submerged large areas.

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