The UK High Commissioner to Kenya and the Irish Ambassador have joined their fellow European heads of mission in issuing a joint statement offering their sympathies to those affected by last night’s Patel Dam burst in Nakuru County.
At least 41 people died after heavy rains caused the dam to burst, sweeping away homes across a vast area of farmland on Wednesday near the town of Solai, 120 miles north-west of the capital, Nairobi.
Women and children who got trapped in mud are believed to be among the casualties and the Kenyan Red Cross has said it has rescued about 40 people so far. More than 2,000 people are said to have been left homeless.
The heads of mission statement reads:
“The EU Heads of Mission are greatly saddened at the news of the tragedy in Nakuru County, where many people in the Solai area are feared to have lost their lives and hundreds have lost their homes after the Patel Dam burst last night following heavy rain.
“The EU Heads of Mission send their sympathy to all the affected communities. The EU is monitoring the evolving situation in Nakuru County as well as the wider flooding situation across Kenya. The Nairobi office of the EU’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO) stands ready to support efforts to provide emergency assistance.
Along with the UK and Ireland, the statement was signed by the heads of mission from the European Union, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.