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KWS concerned about dying hippos at L. Naivasha

23 April 2015, 11:41 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has raised concerns over the reported deaths of tens of hippopotamus at Lake Naivasha in the past few days.

According to KWS central rift senior warden, Maureen Musembi, part of the Lake has been covered by the decaying hippos as a heavy odour filters across the water body that is said to be on its deathbed.

Speaking Wednesday morning at Lake Naivasha, Musembi said that the Lake is highly intoxicated and its flora and fauna is on the verge of extinction.

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"All species of fish in the Lake have been affected by a mysterious disease that is majorly caused by toxic waste from flower farms and Naivasha sewerage plant which is all directed into the Lake," said Musembi.

She added: "If no action is taken, then in the next few years we will only be reading about Lake Naivasha in the history books."

Musembi said that KWS has little to do about the situation and called on NEMA to step in and save the Lake.

In the last couple of months, the water level and quality have dropped with experts warning that the Lake faces an ecological collapse.

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