INCREASED LAKE LEVEL

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Scores of families living in the shores of Lake Victoria have been rendered homeless following an upsurge water in Lake Victoria.

Over 400 families in Migingo Island and beaches of Muhuru Bay, Lwanda Konyango and Kibro are now migrating in droves and camping in schools after the rising water levels marooned their homes and destroyed property.

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.

Winnie Achieng, a resident of Lwanda Konyango said they could not salvage their property as water levels rose so fast when people were alseep.

Penina Ojwang another local said all her property were swept away during the storms and now worried of loosing most of her property in the mainland due to the heavy storm and overflow of the lake waters.

The waters have engulfed homes, almost a kilometer from the shore lines rendering locals homeless.

Not even business and 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 the lake.