At least 21 dead after flower-farm dam bursts in Kenya

Situation in Solai Nakuru County after Patel Dam burst its banks in Nakuru County

Search-and-rescue teams are looking for survivors as local residents-many now homeless-salvage what they can from the destruction, reports AP.

Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui said: "We will do our best to take affected families to safety and help them get medical attention".

The incident occurred in Solai near the city of Nakuru, 193 km northwest of the capital Nairobi.

"The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", he said.

The Patel dam is one of three reservoirs owned by a large-scale farmer in the area.

Red Cross says the rescued people have been rushed to various health facilities in Subukia and Rift Valley General Provincial Hospital.

After a severe drought, weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides that have left 159 dead.

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At least 21 lives have been lost.

Among villages affected are those in the farmlands of Nyakinyua, Endao, and Arutani where hundreds of people were displaced.

Nakuru County police chief Gideon Kibunjah said that 32 bodies had been recovered so far. However, the torrential rains and floods have made it hard to reach those most in need.

A billion Kenyan shillings is worth roughly £7.3million.

Security services have deployed choppers in areas where roads have been rendered impassible to rescue marooned civilian populations.

According to KRC, over 100 people have died in the last two months and another 260,000 displaced as raging floods wreak havoc across the country. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has so far recorded 2,942 cases of the virus, with 55 deaths.

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