Ferry with unknown number of passengers capsizes in Lake Victoria


Ferry with unknown number of passengers capsizes in Lake Victoria
The ferry that capsizesd in Lake Victoria at Usenge. PHOTO | COURTESY

A ferry with an unknown number of passengers has capsized in Lake Victoria.

The water bus is said to have been plying the Mageta Island—Usenge beach route in Siaya County when the incident occurred.

Sources say the boat could have been hit by strong winds and high tides partly attributed to rising water levels of Lake Victoria.

A rescue mission is currently underway, coordinated by local administration and beach management units.

The Usenge Water Bus moments before it capsized. PHOTO | COURTESY
The water bus moments before it capsized. PHOTO | COURTESY
The Usenge Water Bus that capsized on Lake Victoria. PHOTO | COURTESY
The water bus that capsized in Lake Victoria. PHOTO | COURTESY

 

Onlookers at the shore of Lake Victoria. PHOTO | COURTESY
Onlookers at the shore of Lake Victoria. PHOTO | COURTESY

 

Water levels have been on the rise in Lake Victoria over the last four months.

This has been attributed to high rainfall levels in Western Kenya as well as climatic change.

On Friday, Uganda issued an alert over Lake Victoria’s water levels that have surged to their highest level in more than half a century after about eight months of relentless downpours.

According to Reuters, sections of waterfront properties such as luxury hotels including one belonging to a unit of Nairobi-listed Tourism Promotion Services and a Protea Hotel which is part of Marriott International, became submerged in the last few weeks.

Uganda’s water and environment minister Sam Cheptoris further warned that the situation could pose a threat to Uganda’s hydropower plants.

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