At least 20 dead after dam burst in Kenya

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At least 32 people have been confirmed dead and more than 2,500 others displaced after a dam burst its banks in Nakuru County in northwest Kenya, the police said on Thursday.

"The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property", Nakuru's governor Lee Kinyajui said in a statement.

Nakuru County officials said the dam water and mud spilt out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of almost two kilometers. Search-and-rescue teams are looking for survivors as local residents-many now homeless-salvage what they can from the destruction, reports AP. Local officials say neither the extent of the damage nor the death toll are yet clear.

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The Wednesday night incident occurred at around 9 o'clock in the evening when Patel Dam broke its banks sweeping villages in the Solai area of Subukia.

There are concerns that the other two reservoirs owned by the farmer may also collapse, according to a BBC correspondent.

KRC has already made an appeal for $5 million following the heavy rains that have wreaked havoc across the country with 11 counties been most hit by the latest spate of floods.

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Weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides countrywide.

A billion Kenyan shillings is worth roughly £7.3million.

Samuel Gachobe, who represents the area in Parliament, said the government was trying to identify the missing, and was providing food, blankets, bedding and medical care to people who had fled.

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The extreme weather comes at a time when the country is also trying to tackle a cholera outbreak as well as an epidemic of the mosquito-linked chikungunya virus.

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