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Kenya dam burst: About 50 killed in villages near Mai Mahiu town

About 50 people have died in Kenya after a dam burst its banks following heavy rains and flooding, a Red Cross official has said.

People in villages near Mai Mahiu, about 60km (37 miles) from the capital, Nairobi, were swept away as they slept.

Rescue efforts are continuing to pull people out of the mud, with fears that the death toll could rise.

More than 100 people have been killed in floods that have devastated parts of Kenya in the last month.

A roaring sound woke people up in the early hours of Monday as a tide of water crashed down from a burst dam upriver in the Mai Mahiu area.

Residents spoke of a night of frantic efforts to pull people out of the raging flood and dig them out of the mud.

The Kenya Red Cross has joined search and rescue operations, with its emergency response manager, Anthony Muchiri, telling the BBC that the death toll has risen to 50.

“This is the worst I’ve ever cone across in my career,” he said, adding that not only were people’s homes swept away, but also their foundations.

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