Death toll from last night tragedy at Patel farm dam in Solai Nakuru county has reached 32.
Interior cabinet secretary Dr.Fred Matiangi who led a high profile government delegation to the area said that the number rose from 21 after more bodies were recovered in the morning.
The CS said that 47 other people were rushed to Bahati and Nakuru level five hospitals with injuries out of which 41 were treated and discharged.
“So far as this afternoon we had lost 32 lives. I would like to send my condolences to the governor of Nakuru and the families who have lost their loved ones. The national government and the county government of Nakuru is charge of the operation and will be distributing relief food and medical items to the affected families” he said.
He said that KDF officers, NYS service men and members of the public are now involved in the search and rescue mission while national government officers will be compiling a register of all affected families.
By midday today it was estimated that 450 families had been affected by the tragedy. Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa under whose the special programme docket falls said that his ministry will provide additional food supplies to the affected families.
While terming the magnitude as of the tragedy as huge, Wamalwa said that water engineers will be accompanying water CS Simon Chelugui on an inspection tour of the dams located in Patel farm .
“On our part as the Ministry in charge of special programs we would like to assure the families affected and the leadership here that we will give them all the support.
This even as the Rift valley regional commissioner Chimwaga Mwongo was appointed as the head of the operation and will be directly reporting to Dr. Matiangi .
The RC has been tasked among others briefing the press on the progress of the operation. Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui said that he was happy that the county disaster team had coped on well with the situation on the ground.
He said that the county government of Nakuru will Endeavor to partner with the national government in order to safe guard the lives of Kenyans.
“This is not just a tragedy for Solai but this is a national tragedy and we call on the residents to cooperate with the affected families so that we can ensure their restoration” he said.
The dead have been taken to Nakuru level five hospital morgue.
Search and rescue mission still underway.