Ethiopia dam development causing threat to Kenyan food supplies, NGO says

Fishermen in Lake Turkana. PHOTO | PETER WARUTUMO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • Data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows a drop of about 1.5 metres in the lake’s water levels since January 2015, the rights group said.
  • It said that the shoreline in a gulf on the lake’s western edge has simultaneously receded as much as 1.7 kilometres over roughly the same period.

Falling water levels in Lake Turkana due to development of dams in Ethiopia are threatening food supplies in a part of Kenya where drought is already causing hunger, the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch warned on Tuesday.

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