May 10, 2018 / 1:48 PM / in a year

Death toll from Kenya dam wall collapse climbs to 47

Survivors sit outside their destroyed house after a dam burst, which unleashed water at nearby homes, in Solio town near Nakuru, Kenya May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The death toll from flooding caused by a burst dam wall in Kenya’s Rift Valley rose to 47 on Thursday and could go higher as more bodies are pulled from the mud, the local police chief said on Thursday.

“So far it is 47 dead. We are still on the ground,” Japheth Kioko, the police chief for Rongai division, told Reuters by telephone.

Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Ed Cropley

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