Netizen 24 KEN: Solai Dam tragedy victims identified

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Solai Dam tragedy victims identified

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Bodies of all the victims who perished in the Patel dam tragedy in Solai, Nakuru County have now been identified.

The identification exercise ended Sunday afternoon at the Nakuru county government morgue.

The search and rescue mission has now been scaled down following the identification of all 45 bodies that have been recovered.

Area Governor Lee Kinyanjui said this is after the number of those reported missing and the number of bodies recovered seemed to reconcile.

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Kinyanjui however said the search and recovery operation has not been closed as ye t.

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The governor said the county government has waived mortuary and postmortem fees for the families of the victims.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Mohammed will Monday afternoon tour the scene of the Patel dam tragedy to review the status of the ongoing multi-agency search and rescue operation.

The visit comes three days after he ordered the Inspector General of Police to conduct thorough investigations into the incident and table a report on the tragedy within a fortnight.

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The DPP is also scheduled to visit victims of the Solai tragedy.

The Patel dam in Solai, Nakuru County broke its walls last week on Wednesday night, sweeping away dozens of homes downstream.

Witnesses say they heard a loud bang before the waves swept through nearly 2km (1.2 miles) of private farmland where many live and work.

Separately, Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania Dan Kazungu said the government has intensified mitigation efforts to ease the suffering of flood victims.

Kazungu said he had commenced talks with the government to consider setting up a settlement scheme for the victims so as to have permanent homes and reduce losses during floods.

Kazungu was in the area to distribute relief food through the Ambassador Dan Kazungu Foundation consisting of 1000 bales of maize flour received from friends and companies that were touched by the fate of flood victims in Kilifi County.

This comes as the Kenya Red Cross Society Kilifi branch put the number of those in urgent need of relief supplies in Malindi and Magarini sub-counties at 22,000.

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