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Beaches affected by rising water levels of Lake Victoria.

Fishing activities on several beaches within Homa-Bay County have been affected following the rising of water levels in Lake Victoria.

The rising of water levels in the lake has resulted in a massive back flow of water in the lakeshore at various beaches.
Among the worst affected beaches are those in Rachuonyo North, Suba North and other Islands found in Suba South constituency where fishermen have been displaced and structures submerged in water.
Confirming the incident to KNA,Homa-Bay County Beach Management Unit chairperson Edward Oremo disclosed that at least 78 percent of the beaches in the region have been submerged under water from Lake Victoria.
Oremo added that landing sites, business structures and fish bandas have been completely destroyed by water causing huge losses to fishermen in the area.
At the same time, Oremo attributed the phenomenon to siltation on deltas of major rivers depositing their waters into Lake Victoria, which has been a setback to the fishing community.
The BMU leader further raised concern that several families on the beaches are at high risk of being displaced should the trend continue in Lake Victoria.

By Dan Oduor and Davis Langat

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