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Flamingos flee as floods continue

13 September 2013, 20:00 Wilshere

Nakuru - A team of scientists are set to converge in Nakuru to find out what is causing the lake to flood, the Senior Deputy Director of KWS Michael Kipkeu has said.

Kipkeu said that the high water levels have so far displaced flamingos at the lake which has already flooded the park.

“Scientists are coming to find out what is really causing the water level to rise,” he said.

While addressing the media on Thursday in Nakuru during the launch of the cycle with rhino, Kipkeu maintained that the floods have not in any way affected the number of tourists visiting the park.

He also said that the floods have affected all other lakes in the Rift Valley including Lake Naivasha and Lake Bogoria.

“These floods are happening not only in Nakuru but also in all the other lakes in the region including the fresh water lakes we have at the park,” he said.

The deputy director was also quick to note that the KWS does not compensate any money to individuals whose property is destroyed by wild animals since it has not been highlighted in the constitution.

He said that KWS compensates only the people who are attacked by the wild animals.

“We normally have a lot of people who always seek compensation from us but we don’t give any unless the August house formulates a rule,”  he said.

Kipkeu said that the main challenge Lake Nakuru is facing is human encroachment which he said has led to human wildlife conflict.

Following the encroachment, Kipkeu said the ecosystem has been affected forcing them to relocate herbivore animals to other parks.       

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