Fears Of Disaster As Walls Of Dam In Tharaka-Nithi Crack

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The dam in Kanthanje village in Igambang'ombe, Tharaka-Nithi County whose walls have been eroded by rain water. Nema has threatened to recommend its emptying. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Daily Nation

Residents of Kanthanje village in Igambang’ombe, Tharaka-Nithi County are living in fear of a possible bursting of a nearby earth dam that is in a “deplorable state”.

The walls of the 20,000 cubic meters dam that was built at a cost of Sh16 million to irrigate over 70 hectares and benefit at least 200 families have several cracks and with the ongoing heavy downpour, there are fears they could burst.

A few meters from the dam are several homesteads, Kanthanje Primary School, Kanthanje Secondary School and Kanthanje Dispensary.

Not Compacted

According to the residents, the walls of the dam were never compacted during its construction a few months ago.

They added that that the dam’s spillway has been directed towards their homesteads.

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