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Authorities of Kenya and Uganda are monitoring today the water level of lakes and dams in their territories, after reports of river floodings that caused the displacement of populations and the loss of means of livelihood.

Some 24,320 people living in Kerio, Kangatotha, Kaloko districts, and the area of Turkana lake in Kenya had to leave their homes.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan Red Cross, cited by AlertaGeo website, warns that it is likely that there will be an overflow of the Turkwel dam in West Pokot county.

On Oct.19, the level of the dam was at 92 percent of its capacity, and this endangered 30,000 homes in case of its overflow.

The water level of Turkana lake rose from 500 to 800 meters since March, and by August, 5,000 people had to leave the area.

Also in Kenya, floods continue near Lake Victoria, fed by the Nzoia river and affecting over 7,000 families in the Bunyala Sub county.

In Uganda, on the other hand, there have been floods caused by Albert and Kyoga lakes for several months, which have brought about hardships for local communities.

This situation caused the displacement of over 8,700 people in Buliisa, Nakasongola and Amolatar districts. Other affected towns are Ntoroko, Kibaale, Kalaki, Kakure and Kaberamaido.

According to the source, heavy rains caused lakes to reach high levels, although other factors might have played an important role, such as deforestation, siltation, and possible seismic displacements that might have elevated the bottom of lakes and rivers.

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