Solai’s Patel Dam bursts wall leaving behind a trail of death and destruction (Photos)

Lucky escape:  A child is rescued from a destroyed structure. [Harun Wathari, Standard]

At least 31 people have been killed and hundreds left homeless after Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County broke its banks on Wednesday.

A man is rescued from sludge. Hundreds have been rendered homeless. [Harun Wathari, Standard]

More people are still missing and there are fears the number of casualties could rise.

The dam breached its banks, sweeping away hundreds of homes in the neighbourhood, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the water reservoir.

Solai residents gather on a mud-covered road.. [Harun Wathari, Standard]

Red Cross says the rescued people have been rushed to various health facilities in Subukia and Rift Valley General Provincial Hospital.

One of the homes destroyed by raging waters from the Patel Dam. [Harun Wathari, Standard]

The one-acre  dam broke its banks on Wednesday night unleashing its waters to the nearby shopping centre and the expansive Nyakinyua farm bordering the dam.

The floods did not spare man and machine.  [Harun Wathari, Standard]

Property worth of billions of shillings was destroyed by the raging waters as most structures that stood along the water way were swept to a radius of over three kilometres.

Rescuers search for victims.  [Harun Wathari, Standard]


Solai Boys’ High School and Patel Day Secondary School were also affected by the deluge.


National Youth Service rescuers at work. [Harun Wathari, Standard]