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Floods displace 3 000 around Lake Baringo

13 August 2013, 16:26 Steve Wambugu

With the displacement of an estimated 3 000 people living around Lake Baringo due to swelling of the lake,  a humanitarian crisis is in the offing should the government fail to move fast to relocate people to higher grounds.

Human rights activists have accused the government of doing little to evacuate those living in Ng’ambo and Salabani areas where basic infrastructure among them CDF and donor funded projects have been destroyed by water.

A spot check at the lake Tuesday morning revealed that Ng’ambo, Salabai and Kokwa dispensaries, all built through CDF and world vision donor funding, have been destroyed by storm water.

More than seven houses in the area have been completely submerged in water with the owners believed to have fled to fairly higher grounds next to Salabai primary school which is also in the verge of being swept away.

Duncan Naso, a local fisherman, said that water levels of the lake started rising about a month ago adding that it is the first time they have experienced such a situation.

“Things have been completely bad in this area because of the water levels that have continued to rise” said Naso.

He said that it has become difficult for them to do fishing near the shores as they did in the past.

Naso said that they are being forced to paddle for about 10 kilometres from the lake in order to get a good catch.

The locals now want the government to expedite the process of relocating them to safer grounds.

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