Penny Mordaunt says DFID is supporting partners providing emergency aid following Patel Dam disaster

Penny Mordaunt
Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development. Photo: Flickr/DFID

The UK Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID), Penny Mordaunt, has Tweeted a message of sympathy following last night’s Patel Dam disaster in which at least 41 people died after heavy rains caused the dam to burst. She also said that the DFID are supporting partners providing emergency aid at the site of the disaster.

In her Tweet, the Portsmouth North MP said: “Extremely sad to hear about lives lost by the bursting of Patel Dam in Kenya last night and wider flooding across East Africa. The Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting partners to provide emergency aid and save lives in the region.”

The Patel dam was located on private farmland and reportedly used for irrigation and fish farming.

After it broke its walls, the released water swept hundreds of homes downstream, leaving most of the area completely devastated as power lines, homes and buildings were carried away by the fast-running water. A secondary school flooded and a primary school was also swept away.

Earlier today, the European Heads of Mission released a joint statement expressing their sadness at the news.