Ethiopia's dams likely to make Turkana region hungrier

An armed man walks the shores of Lake Turkana. Food production in the Turkana region is threatened by the construction of dams in Ethiopia. PHOTO | REUTERS

What you need to know:

  • Data from the US Department of Agriculture shows a drop of about 1.5 metres in Lake Turkana's water levels since January 2015.
  • The shoreline in a gulf on Lake Turkana's western edge has simultaneously receded as much as 1.7 kilometres.
  • Water that previously flowed unimpeded into Lake Turkana is being held behind Ethiopia's Gibe III dam.

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