Death toll rises to 48 after Kenyan dam burst

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There are reports of many people still missing and a possibility that the death toll could increase.

He said that majority of the nine dams in the farm had been in existence for the last 60 years. Another 40 people are reported missing.

Reports say around 2,000 people have been left homeless after the disaster while another 220,000 have suffered damages or have lost their homes since the heavy rains began. "There's no illegal [There is nothing illegal]", he said.

The dam which burst its walls following heavy rains since March, saw the raging waters and thick mud sweeping homes, cars, mud and huge rocks towards Nyakinyua village, and destroyed property estimated to be worth of millions.

The dam was also one of many water reservoirs built in the region to irrigate the booming agricultural sector of the East African nation.

"Yesterday we were recovering bodies that were on the surface", said a Red Cross volunteer, who asked not to be named.

At the county and the Nakuru Level Five Hospital mortuaries, friends and families struggled to hold back the grief as they trooped in to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

Sacks of rice arrived on lorries on Friday to provide for hundreds of families whose livelihoods had been swept away.

"I was able to save my wife and two sons". But I want to assure them that we will stand with them. But now I am in pain: "I am pained by the loss of my children".

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.

"In 2014, we had 291mm rain but that was well distributed and the dams had taken all the water".

There are fears over other dams in the area, with Mr Kinyanjui warning at least one other local dam "will have to be discharged to avoid disaster".

The collapse of the, Milmet dam has so far claimed the lives of 44 people and left over 2000 others displaced.

"The number of the people who died is likely to increase", she added.

Government spokesman Erick Kiraithe said KDF officers were on Friday deployed to the scene to complement the National Youth Service, the National Disaster Management Unit officials, Kenya Red Cross, Nakuru county government and other civilian rescue teams that have been on site since Wednesday.The dam burst on Wednesday evening.

After a severe dry season a year ago, East Africa has been affected by several months of torrential rains that have forced the displacement of thousands of people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Uganda.