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May 25, 2018

[VIDEO] Solai families collect bodies ahead of prayers, UhuRuto expected

The relatives of people killed in the Solai dam tragedy collect their bodies ahead of an interdenominational prayer meeting, May 16, 2018. /BEN NDONGA
The relatives of people killed in the Solai dam tragedy collect their bodies ahead of an interdenominational prayer meeting, May 16, 2018. /BEN NDONGA

Forty five bodies will be taken to an interdenominational prayer meeting in Solai on Wednesday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto are expected at the service in honour of people who died after Patel Dam burst and water swept through a village.

Forty eight people died while many were displaced as their houses were destroyed. The search for bodies has been going on since the incident took place last Wednesday night.

Also read: 40 still missing as Solai deaths hit 48

Twelve of the victims will be buried at the public cemetery while one will be buried in Kitale on Friday. Other funeral services will take place at the farms in the area.

There is a row over the body of an eight-year-old that was found on Monday, as two families have claimed it.

The relatives of people killed in the Solai dam tragedy collect their bodies ahead of an interdenominational prayer meeting, May 16, 2018. /RITA DAMARY

Speaking at the mortuary today, Nakuru Public Health Officer Samuel Kingori said the government pathologist had taken samples for tests.

Security was beefed up in the area ahead of the prayers as families collected the bodies.

On Tuesday, Patel Dam owner Mansukh Patel said the burst pointed to heavy rainfall in Dundori Forest.

The farmer explained further that the rains eroded the soil.

"With high pressure, water accompanied by dead stumps, logs and big boulders hit the wall of the dam causing a huge gush of water into the farm and outlying settlements," he said.

Last week, the water authority said the was built illegally. The dam is one of a number on a sprawling farm near Solai.

More on this: Heavy rainfall caused Solai Dam burst, Patel says, promises help

Read: Patel Dam was built illegally - water authority

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