Kenya: Increasing Water Levels Of Lake Victoria, Over 200 People Dead, 200,000 Families Displaced From Their Homes.
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The water levels of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest freshwater lake has finally surpassed the historic mark of 13.41 meters in 1964, reaching a surprising 13.42 meters as a result of the ongoing persistent downpour in the country. Over 200 individuals have lost their lives due to the ensuing floods across the country.
To avert more destruction and death, the Lake Victoria basin Commission (LVBC) has put in place projected regional strategies for disaster and emergency preparedness. “It is essential we take vital actions to prevent further damage of lives and properties, as over 200,000 individuals have been displaced” Ali-Said Matano, LVBC executive secretary says, during the virtual meeting attended by the transboundary water professionals from Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya.
In an interview, Dr. Mantano said: “with the present relentless downpour, the rise in water level will only aggravate more flood challenges most especially in Kenya region, which houses more rivers”. Several families have been forced to flee from their homes considering the damages done by the flood.
According to the cabinet secretary, Wamalwa Eugene “ The government has prepared plans to engage all three regional leaders (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) on erecting dams with aim of minimizing the amount of water flowing into the Lake Victoria”.