Submerged Roberts Camp

Lake Baringo rising water levels

Climate change has resulted to extreme weather conditions that have triggered an estimated 30 million displacements all over the world with the global south being the hardest hit. Experts are warning that heating above 1.5 degrees Celsius will be catastrophic and are calling for rapid global commitments to tame global warming tide. In 2020, it was reported that Lake Baringo had expanded by 60 percent since 2013 and now covers an area of 270 square kilometers . The unprecedent rise has caused destruction of great magnitude to homes, livelihoods, industry and infrastructure. There are relentless global calls by climate activists and different stakeholders to support most vulnerable communities by equipping them with the necessary tools, skills and  knowledge to be in a better place to adapt and mitigate on the impacts of climate change. 

Lake Baringo Flooding
Boatmen sail towards Kambi ya Samaki Health Centre that is now submerged due to rising water levels of lake Baringo.
This is the remains of a partly submerged Kambi ya Samaki Health Centre that was once used by the local community.
A structure of a community based health facility  Submerged in water.
Lake Baringo
Image of an African Darter also know as ‘Snakebird’ standing on a dead tree.
Image of an African Darter also known as ‘Snakebird’ standing on a deadwood.

 

A dead powerline crossing a flooded area.
A blurry image of my colleague Benard Ogembo holding on to a damaged electric power line.
Images of dead trees standing in the flooded part of Lake Baringo.
A partially visible Baringo Technical College structure standing on a flooded area of Lake Baringo.
Submerged buildings of a Baringo Technical College.

 

A submerged Soi Lodge building, a once famous establishment in Baringo.
My colleague Benard Ogembo stressing a point just after passing the submerged Soi Lodge buildings. Check his blog https://ogembobenard.medium.com/?p=6c060f695be7
Remnants of Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute-Baringo which was swallowed by Lake Baringo.
An African Fish eagle with its catch.
Front side of the flooded Lake Baringo Mixed Secondary School.
Flooded compound of Lake Baringo Secondary School.

 

Fisherman sailing on traditional balsa wood raft.
Fisherman sailing on traditional balsa wood raft sells a fish to Paul who was our guide.
Paul, a guide, fisherman and I having a conversation about the fish we had just bought.
Young fishermen sail in traditional balsa wood as they fish. The one at the middle bidding us kwaheri.
It was a nice experience sailing in Lake Baringo and its 4 islands. Photo by Benard Ogembo

 

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