Floods: Rains to continue to the end of the month, dams fill up and burst their bunks leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties. Lake Naivasha records the highest level ever.

Lake Naivasha has recorded the highest water levels ever due to the ongoing rains with projections that this could rise further in the coming days.

The move has left a trail of destruction with flower farmers, hoteliers, private individuals and institutions counting losses running into millions of shillings.

According to latest data, the lake’s level currently stand at 1896m Above Sea level (ASL) compared to  1880m in December last year.

The move has seen all the four landing beaches submerged in water while residents of Kihoto estate which border the lake have been advised to relocate to higher grounds.

All hotels and flower farms that are located next to the riparian land have been the hardest hit with the water levels rising by the day.

According to David Kilo who is the chairman Lake Naivasha Boat Owners association, the ongoing rains mainly in the Aberdares were responsible for the current flooding.

Speaking after a tour of the lake, he said that tens of property belonging to the hoteliers, farmers and Kengen had been damaged by the water.

“This is the highest water levels in this lake and all the landing beaches, several flower farms and homes are now submerged in water,” he said.

Kilo said that the structures posed a major threat to the lake fragile ecosystem adding that with the rains pollution had become the norm around the lake.

“With the rise in the water levels there has been an increase in fish catch but we are worried by the pollution mainly from nearby informal settlements and institutions around the lake,” he said.

On his part, the chairman Kamere landing beach Daniel Othim said that boat operators were the hardest hit and had been forced to relocate due to the rise in the water levels.

Othim said that this had seen tens of people lose their jobs after their personal effects were damaged by the waters following the flooding of the landing beach.

“This is a double blow to many of us as we have lost our jobs due to the rains while Covid-19 pandemic has affected the whole country,” he said.

A fisherman Simon Ouko said that the lake was reclaiming its land noting that for years individuals had continue to encroach on the riparian land.

“We have never seen anything of the kind in the lake and this is nature and there is very little that we can do though we are concerned by high levels of pollution,” he said.

Ends.

 

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