400 Families Narrowly Escape Death After Dam Breaks Banks

  • File image of Red Cross officials aiding a flood victim in Kenya
    File image of Red Cross officials aiding a flood victim in Kenya
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  • Over 400 families are breathing a sigh of relief, despite their homes being swept away by floods, as they managed to narrowly escape death after a dam (Marumanet) in Ndabibi, Naivasha burst and spilt over.

    In a report aired by KTN News on Saturday, May 2, that the incident occurred at midnight on Friday, May 1 and the water spillage destroyed property worth millions was destroyed.

    The roads in the area, 60 km from Naivasha Town were also destroyed as 10 people were reported missing.

    The effects of water spillage after a dam burst in Naivasha County on Friday night, May 1, 2020
    The effects of water spillage after a dam burst in Naivasha County on Friday night, May 1, 2020
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    "We heard running water and upon stepping outside, we found that trees and our crops were being carried away. We then alerted our neighbours downhill who also rescued themselves," one resident stated. 

    "We found ourselves surrounded with water and our cattle were immersed in water," another resident lamented as many others urged the government to offer aid. 

    Area MCA Gathariki Kamanu affirmed that his office had initiated a headcount as they offered more safety directives.

    "We asked them to move to higher grounds," the MCA stated.

    Citizen TV on Saturday, May 2, added that a woman was forced to deliver by the roadside in Nanyuki County, after heavy rains made the roads impassable, hindering her from accessing services at the nearest health centre.

    On Friday, May 1, Nanyuki residents demonstrated after the incident occurred. They planted bananas stems on the road as police watched them protest, ready to dispel the crowd if the demonstrations turned rowdy. 

    "The roads are impassable ever since the rains started. Some who were attending a burial service could not do so," one resident cried out as they pleaded with Nanyuki Governor Ndiritu Muriithi to develop roads in the region.

    Naivasha residents count loses after a dam burst in the region on Friday, May 1, 2020
    Naivasha residents count loses after a dam burst in the region on Friday, May 1, 2020
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