Lamu fishermen worried as Lake Kenyatta slowly dries up

Lamu fishermen worried as Lake Kenyatta slowly dries up

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The skeletal remains of a cow after a drought .Hundreds of livestock have been reported to have died in various parts of Lamu county following a drought. FILE/PHOTO.

Lamu,KENYA:Fishermen at Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketoni, Lamu County are a worried lot following adverse weather conditions that have witnessed a continued reduction of fish.

The levels of water at the endangered lake are also dropping rapidly.

According to the fishermen, their trade has been made even difficult by hippos who have converged at the only remaining water pond in the lake.

“Since the lake started drying up, there is only one water pond remaining at a certain corner of the lake. The hippos have all moved there. That means we can’t fish anymore for fear of being attacked,” said Mohamed Abdalla, a fisherman.

Many of the fishermen have also had their boats and fishing vessels broken and damaged following hippo attacks at the lake.

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In the last 30 days, over 15 hippos at the Lake Kenyatta have died following the prolonged drought.

The lake which is named after Kenya’s founding father president Jomo Kenyatta is the only source of fresh water for 65,000 residents of Mpeketoni and the environs.

Lamu director for fisheries Simon Komu said his office was strategizing on how well to address the situation.

Komu said the county had already set aside Sh.10 million this year to improve infrastructure in the fishing sector.

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