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Millions go down the drain after rising lakes drown projects

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A boat operator in Baringo County. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • At Lake Baringo, more than four staff houses at Ruko conservancy constructed early this year by the county government and supported by the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) are now inside the lake.
  • According to NRT county director Aloise Naitira, the Sh1.5 million project which was supposed to house four rangers in the conservancy was started in April this year and it was in its final stage of completion.

The government and private sectors in Baringo County are counting losses after several complete projects were completely swallowed by the drastic rise in water levels in lakes Baringo and Bogoria.

The two lakes have risen exponentially since March this year, submerging institutions, hotels and homes.

At Lake Baringo, more than four staff houses at Ruko conservancy constructed early this year by the county government and supported by the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) are now inside the lake.

According to NRT county director Aloise Naitira, the Sh1.5 million project which was supposed to house four rangers in the conservancy was started in April this year and it was in its final stage of completion.

“We had already completed the construction of the four-roomed house which was to accommodate four of our rangers. We wanted to partition the rooms last month only to be swallowed by the lake. As we speak, it is now submerged two metres deep in the water,” said Mr Naitira.

At Kipkimbirwo polytechnic some few metres away from the lake, more than four-roomed structures that were to serve as classes, staff rooms and offices have been completely submerged.

Saimo Soi ward administrator Elijah Argut said the Sh3.5 million project which was started in the 2015/2016 financial year was fully complete and already connected with electricity.

“The building was funded by the county government in 2015 and was supposed to be classrooms, staff rooms and an office. It was complete and we were just waiting to enroll students early this year only to be interrupted by the outbreak of Covid-19. The building is now completely submerged in the lake,” said Mr Argut.

A dispensary at Kampi Samaki trading centre has also drowned in the rising water levels in the lake.

At Loruk village, a Sh1.8 million cattle dip that was constructed by the devolved unit in 2016 has been submerged.

The situation is not different at Kserian, the northern side of the lake where a Sh3 million complete structure built by the county government in 2017 was swallowed by the flood waters.

According to Baringo county director in charge of fisheries Morphat Okeyo, the project which was to serve as landing beach is now completely submerged with some part of the roof slightly visible.