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Floods Render Families Homeless

Over 400 families living in the shores of Lake Victoria have been rendered homeless following heavy rains experienced in the region.

Families in Migingo Island and beaches of Muhuru Bay, LwandaKonyango and Kibro are now moving to higher safer grounds to avoid being marooned by water.

Some have camped in schools and churches after their property and homes were swept by raging waters.

The affected, mostly fishermen and residents along the shores said homes, beach management offices, business premises and fish preservation containers have been destroyed by the waters.

Caleb Odhiambo, a resident of Lwanda Konyango said they could not salvage their property as water levels rose as they slept.

Not even businesses or markets have been spared with locals now calling on well-wishers and county disaster management team to come to their rescue.

At Kawo, Muhuru, Senye and Lwanda Beaches, homes have been submerged into the lake resulting in a trail of destruction.

Locals say they have never witnessed such a scenario for decades, with some blaming it on flaws at Lower Kuja irrigation scheme.

Ms Nesline Ogwe, the manager at lower Kuja irrigation scheme however attributed the water levels to precipitation occasioned by climate change.

She says what is witnessed had nothing to do with infrastructural mishaps but back-flow, a situation where the balance between the lake’s outflow and the inflow is tipped, causing a high precipitation at the lake.

By Geoffrey Satia

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