Flamingoes migrate due to flooding
12 September 2012, 16:17
Thousands of Flamingoes in Lake Nakuru National Park have migrated away from the area due to excessive increase of water level depleting their source of food due to flooding.
Speaking at the park, Deputy Park Warden Joseph Dadacha pointed that out of the 400,000 birds; only about 10,000 can still be found around the lake since the flooding occurred.
The water increase at the same time has made flamingos to migrate out of the lake especially the laser flamingos.
“Heavy rains which we have experienced through out the year have caused water levels in the lake to rise 500 metres above the original lake shoreline.” Dadacha said.
Dadacha said that, sections of the roads have been either washed away or covered by floods where more than KES 2 million has been used to repair the damaged sections of the road around the park.
“Though Flamingoes have migrated and our roads destroyed, tourism have not been affected and we are receiving them as usual and we are doing our best to see the roads are passable and in good condition.” Dadacha said.
He said River Njoro and other Rivers that drains into the lake was overflowing thus the rise in levels in the lake.
Although a team of wardens have been able to repair destroyed roads, about one kilometer has remain totally submerged and tourists diverted to passable roads.
However, huge volumes of water received daily in the lake have not affected the number of visitors touring the park.
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