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Deadly Dam Burst Adds to Devastation as Floods Ravage Southern Kenya

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At least 35 individuals have tragically lost their lives, and many others remain unaccounted for following the rupture of a dam in southern Kenya. The disaster struck amid relentless heavy rains and devastating flash floods that have besieged the country for weeks. Rescue teams are tirelessly combing through the debris to locate survivors near Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, with Gov. Susan Kihika cautioning that the death toll could escalate significantly.

The dam burst adds to the extensive flooding that has ravaged vast areas of Kenya since March, claiming the lives of at least 103 people and displacing thousands from their homes, according to government spokesperson Isaac Maigua Mwaura.

In Mai Mahiu, Gov. Kihika described a dire situation unfolding as floodwaters swept away people and homes. Road damage caused by heavy rains has hampered access to the area. Despite the challenges, rescue teams are persevering to reach survivors and recover bodies.

The Kenya Red Cross Society reported that several individuals were taken to a health facility in Mai Mahiu due to the flash floods affecting Kamuchiri village, which originated from a nearby river breaching its banks.

The flood crisis in Kenya has been exacerbated by the combined impact of El Niño and the ongoing March-May 2024 long rains, as highlighted by IFRC Secretary General and CEO Jagan Chapagain. Since November 2023, devastating floods and river overflows have resulted in numerous fatalities and extensive damage.

With over 131,450 people affected by floods across nearly half of Kenya, the situation remains dire. Images and footage depict devastation in Nairobi and surrounding areas, with people stranded on rooftops and infrastructure submerged underwater.

In response to the crisis,

The Ministry of Education has postponed the start of the new school term by one week until May 6. Additionally, the Kenya Red Cross Society reported a boat capsizing incident at Kona Punda in Tana River County, further underscoring the perilous conditions exacerbated by the ongoing flooding.

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