'Like the speed of the wind': Kenya's lakes rise to destructive highs

Water from Lake Baringo blocks access to Nosukuro Primary School in this picture taken on October 14, 2020, following the reopening of schools shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Photo credit: Cheboite Kigen | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • These tremendous bodies of water have ebbed and flowed through the ages, supporting life along the banks, but records show this latest surge is unlike any witnessed in recent memory.
  • The phenomenon is causing immense flooding along a chain of fresh and saltwater lakes stretching 500 kilometres (310 miles) along an ancient fault from the deserts of Turkana in Kenya's north, to the fertile shores of Naivasha to the south.



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