It is now confirmed that Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County sitting on approximately 1 acre broke its banks to the nearby flooding the nearby shopping centre and the expansive Nyakinyua Farm bordering the dam.
The trail of destruction left by the raging waters. "The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained", said Lee Kinyajui, governor of Nakuru county.
The Kenya Red Cross said it had saved 39 people so far as it continued rescue efforts.
"We have recovered 38 bodies and many people are missing".
Officials said the dam water and mud spewed out of the reservoir and submerged homes over a radius of almost 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
At least 38 people were killed, though the death toll could rise as search-and-rescue operations continue.
Ambulances rush survivors of the tragedy to hospital on May 9, 2018.
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Kinyanjui said they were doing their best to evacuate affected families to safety and assist victims to get medical attention.
Nakuru east deputy county commissioner Omar Salat who is doubling as the acting Nakuru county commissioner assured the victims of the government's support.
The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the country since the rains started pounding in March.
300 families have been displaced by the disaster with over 2000 residents affected.
Even before this week's dam-burst, heavy rains had caused havoc in Kenya, killing 132 people and displacing 222,000, according to the government.
Floodwaters from Patel Dam in Solai Ward, Subukia, damaged property of unknown value.