Kenyan dam bursts causing
'huge destruction' and deaths
Kenya's chief prosecutor called Friday for police to investigate a dam break in the Rift Valley that sent water and silt gushing downhill into nearby towns on Wednesday evening
The dam burst, which took place on the Patel coffee estates farm in the town of Solai, followed weeks of heavy rain that have also unleashed deadly mudslides and flooding across much of East Africa.
A spokeswoman for the Water Resources Management Authority, Elizabeth Luvonga, which oversees private dams, said other reservoirs on Patel’s Farm in Solai, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, also lacked the necessary documents and were illegal.
Simon Chelugui, the Water and Sanitation Minister said the burst dam and others on the property did not meet regulations, and that the Water Resources Authority had been pursuing the owner to make them compliant. He ordered all the others to be drained as a precaution.
Cristina Burack (with Reuters, AFP, AP)
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