Kenyan fishermen in the Lake Victoria region are seeing a decrease in the size of their catches. One reason for this is the invasion of a thick green carpet of water hyacinth in Kisumu bay. This vegetation is blocking Kenya’s main entry to Africa’s largest lake, hitting the local economy hard as fishermen struggle to get out on the water.
The densely populated island of Migingo, on Lake Victoria, is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes. There’s little else but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port. Nevertheless for over a decade Migingo has been a source of tension between Uganda and Kenya, who have been unable to decide to whom it really belongs.
With the memory still fresh of the sinking of the a ferry two weeks ago in Tanzanian waters, leaving 228 dead, passengers crossing Lake Victoria from Nairobi are fearful. The accident highlighted the risks for the thousands of residents on the shores and islands of the lake, forced to use overcrowded or poorly maintained boats to go about their business, in a region where few know how to swim.
(22 Sep 2018) The number of dead soared past 200 while a survivor was found inside a capsized Tanzania ferry two days after the Lake Victoria disaster, officials said Saturday, while search efforts were ending to focus on identifying bodies. (Sept. 22)
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The death toll from the capsizing of a ferry on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, continues to rise on the third day of the search operations.
The death toll from a crowded ferry capsizing in Lake Victoria rises sharply to 207, as rescue workers find a lucky survivor. IMAGES