BBC: Kenya’s burst Patel dam was ‘built illegally’

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Kenya’s Water Resources Management Authority has released a statement saying that the Patel dam that killed more than 45 people was built without a permit. While the farm manager has denied any wrongdoing, the bursting of the dam resulted in nearly 70 million liters of water hurtling towards the local town. In a region already overwhelmed by an uncharacteristically heavy rain season, this catastrophic dam disaster has left hundreds of thousands of families with little relief.

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Samantha Underwood

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