An Interdenominational Memorial service for the 48 victims of the Patel dam tragedy was today held at Solai AIC church, Nakuru County.
The event was led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.
Several residents of Kabazi area in Solai were overcome with grief, with some fainting, during the prayers on Wednesday.
Red Cross officials had a hard time controlling those who were overwhelmed by grief.
“As Kenyans, we need to work hard and provide solutions to forestall such occurrences in future,” the president said.
The leaders committed themselves to prevent similar tragedies occasioned by man-made water reservoirs.
Survivors and mourners recounted the horrendous events of the May 9 night when muddy torrents of water from a burst Patel dam swept through the sleepy Energy village, leaving 48 people dead and property worth hundreds of thousands destroyed.
President Uhuru reiterated government’s pledge to fully support all victims of water-related calamities across the country.
The service, also attended by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Rachel Ruto, brought the country together in grief.
Uhuru said the floods have caused havoc and destruction not only to the residents of Solai in Subukia, but also has affected residents of Tana River, Kilifi and Migori counties.
The President committed that the government will rebuild all schools which have been destroyed by the floods.