AFP: Ethiopian dam to ‘wreck lives in Kenya’

NAIROBI — The livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Kenyans around the world’s largest desert lake will be wrecked by an Ethiopian dam on the lake’s main tributary, conservationists said.”The Ethiopian dam project is going to bring nothing but tragedy and harm to Kenya,” warned renowned archeologist and environmentalist Richard Leakey.The Gilgel Gibe III dam being built on the Omo river, which supplies 80 percent of the water in Lake Turkana on the Kenya-Ethiopia border, is one-third complete.During the two years it will take to fill the dam reservoir Lake Turkana will recede, increasing its salinity, damaging the local economy, degrading biodiversity and increasing the risk of cross-border conflicts, the Friends of Lake Turkana conservationist organisation said.

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