44 people die and hundreds displaced after Nakuru’s Patel Dam burst its banks.

Photo Courtesy:Rescue operations following Nakuru’s Patel Dam tragedy

At around 9pm on Wednesday night Patel Dam in Solai area of subukia,Nakuru county broke it’s banks cause heavy damages to area homes, schools and businesses.

Confirming the deaths, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) reported that thirty-nine people had been rescued in a joint operation with the county government and were admitted to Bahati sub-county and Nakuru County Referral Hospital.

Patel Dam sits on approximately 1 acre so far 15 ambulances have been dispatched to the scene to evacuate victims.

Rongai OCPD Japheth Kioko confirmed that 27 bodies had been recovered and expressed fear that the death toll would rise and as of today the number has risen to 24. Interior CS Fred Matiang’i flew from Nairobi to lead the rescue operation on Thursday morning where he is set to issue a statement over the tragedy.

The death toll in the Patel Dam tragedy in Solai, Nakuru County has climbed to 44 after more bodies were retrieved on Thursday evening

Nakuru county governor Lee Kinyanjui said Nakuru County was working closely with KRCS as well as the security agencies to coordinate rescue missions.A section of Solai Boys High School was damaged by the raging floods while residents of the nearby Marigu, Ruiru and Akuisi farms were forced to flee for safety.