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[Photos] Very Dangerous River Causing Panic to Residents of Nakuru County

Residents of Nakuru have been recently displaced by floods due to high levels of water in Lake Nakuru. This is being caused by increased precipitation over the last few weeks. They have been facing acute shortage of clean drinking water amid this Covid19 pandemic, due to destruction of pipes that takes water to larger Nakuru town and surroundings by rain at Turasha Dam near Gilgil Town. It took the efforts of Kenya Defense Forces from Kenyatta Barracks Gilgil to retrieve those pipes that had been destroyed by water.

River Malewa Photo/CityzenKenya

Lake Naivasha in Nakuru County is also a very critical lake. Many habitats and livelihoods dependents on it either directly or indirectly, and with its high levels of water it poses more danger and a possible humanitarian crisis. The lake is largely fed by River Malewa, which its source is Aberdare Ranges. Surprisedly Lake Naivasha has no visible outlet despite being a fresh water lake, experts argue its outlet is underground.

River Malewa Photo/CityzenKenya

What is causing worries is the fullness of water in river Malewa, as a feeder of Lake Naivasha, this is dangerous as can cause serious floods downstream as it previously did in past few days. So far so good, we hope the underground outlet of Lake Naivasha can increase its emptying capacity to counter the voluminous River Malewa.

Chairman of Boat owners Association in Naivasha Mr David Kilo said “This is the highest water level in this lake and all the landing beaches, several flower farms and homes are now submerged,”

[David Kilo on a Landing Beach in Lake Naivasha ||Photo|| Courtesy]

But Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru County Government have increased awareness and continue to advice residents to be very vigilant. 

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