A "sea of water" horror: Dam burst in Kenya kills at least 50 people and another 132 dead with 222,000 displayed from torrential rain
A dam on a commercial flower farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley burst after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a "sea of water" that careened down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing more than 50 people.
The walls of the reservoir, situated on top of a hill in Nakuru county, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, gave way late on Wednesday as nearby residents were sitting down to evening meals.
Kenya is one of the largest suppliers of cut flowers to Europe, and roses from the 3,500-acre Solai farm are exported to the Netherlands and Germany, according to Optimal Connection, its Netherlands-based handling agent.
The floodwaters carved out a dark brown chasm in the hillside and swept away everything in their path – powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary school.
The bodies of two women were found several kilometres away as excavators and rescue workers armed with shovels picked through rubble and mud searching for survivors and victims.
Local police chief Japheth Kioko said the death toll could well climb.
"So far it is 50 dead.