Lake Victoria’s Sinking Shores: Kenya’s Next Disaster After Coronavirus?

Lake Victoria’s Sinking Shores: Kenya’s Next Disaster After Coronavirus?


The Shores of Lake Victoria

As Kenya continues to combat the deadly Coronavirus which risks spreading all over the country, fumigation of vessels operating in Lake Victoria begun today in Mbita Point courtesy of a directive issued by Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.

But even as officials from the departments of disaster management and health sprayed ferries, water busses, canoes, and boats to prevent the spread of the virus, those same waters the vessels float on might as well be a disaster in waiting.

This is according to testimonies shared by residents of the Lakeside region, who through social media painted a picture of just how scary the situation is on the ground, as the inland sea parceled out among Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania continues to slowly eat up the shore.

In a conversation sparked by ODM Communications Director and Raila Odinga Secretariat Dennis Onyango, one after the other, worried Kenyans spoke of how the rising water levels might eventually turn catastrophic if not somehow addressed.

Two weeks ago, raging floods swept through several villages surrounding the waters, leaving a trail of massive destruction. In the process, hundreds of families were displaced by the floods, which swept away multiple homes.

A man carries his dog to safety at Ayweyo between Ahero and Katito in Kisumu County on 26th March this year.

At the time, businesses around Lake Victoria stared at huge losses as the region started to feel what was the early impact of the lake’s swelling.



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