At least 20 people are dead after dam bursts in Kenya

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At least 27 people died when their homes were swept away after a dam burst in southern Kenya following heavy rains, police said Thursday.

The Patel Dam ruptured late Wednesday in Solai, in Nakuru County, about 120 miles northwest of Nairobi.

Property estimated to be worth millions of shillings was also destroyed by the raging waters and thick mud.

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

Local television channel KTN News reported that 20 bodies have been recovered so far. At least 225,436 people have been displaced from their homes, according to a government statement.

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

There are reports of many people still missing and a possibility that the death toll could increase.

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A disaster management team from the Nakuru County Government is also evacuating survivors to the Bahati Sub County and Nakuru Level Five hospitals.

"We want the dams demolished, one is now leaking and is the largest covering nearly four acres", said Solai resident Stephen Ngugi.

A search-and-rescue mission was ongoing.

The dam is located inside the farm of prominent farmer Mansukul Patel in Solai.

"The county has dispatched ambulances to the scene to aid in evacuation of victims", he said.

Over 32 people have been killed after walls of a dam in the western part of the country collapsed on Wednesday.

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