The death toll in Kenya’s dam collapse has risen further to 44, statement by the National Disaster Management Unit said on Thursday.
Deputy Director of the Unit Pius Masai said 41 people have been admitted in hospital while 40 are missing.
The Daily Nation newspaper reported that the area was home to hundreds of casual labourers who earned a living from the coffee estate irrigated by the dam, the flower farms at Solai, and other plantations.
Some 70 million litres were released by the dam, which swept away everything in its 500-metre-wide path, it said.
At least 200 soldiers have joined the rescue mission which also includes Red Cross of Kenya officers.
Quoting the Regional police chief Gideon Kibunjah, the newspaper also said the Patel Dam, used for irrigation and fish farming, burst its banks on Wednesday evening at Solai.
The raging waters wiped out two villages, a local resident said, while power lines were swept away, leaving many without electricity.
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