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Families living near L. Naivasha to relocate over rising water levels

15 May 2015, 09:35 Jackson Okata

Nairobi - Over 200 residents of Kihoto Estate in Naivasha sub-County have been urged to relocate from the area following rising water levels in Lake Naivasha.

Nakuru deputy Governor, Joseph Rutto said that hundreds of families located near the lake might be forced to relocate following the looming disaster as the pounding rains continue to fill up the lake.

Speaking Thursday when he toured the area, Rutto said that the overflowing lake is a ticking bomb waiting to explode and called on the residents to move away with immediate effect.

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“The rains have caused the lake to overflow and if action is not taken to evacuate these residents, then in a matter of days we might be talking of people being swept away by floods. The County government is calling on residents of Kihoto estate especially those on the edge of the lake to move upwards to avert any disaster,” said Rutto.

Rutto accused Naivasha residents for the rising water levels in the lake as they have been farming on the banks of the lake leading to siltation.

“Farming along the lake and cutting of vegetation has led to soil being carried into the lake and this has contributed to the rising waters in the lake. The government might be forced to move people by force if they won’t move on their own because we will not just sit back and wait for the worst to happen when we can avert it,” said Rutto.

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