Monday, 5 September 2011

Plans to reduce deaths on Lake Victoria underway

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam
By Correspondent ADIUE HUMBLE

EFFORTS are underway to drastically cut down the annual death toll on Lake Victoria - the world's second largest freshwater body and East Africa's largest lake - which officials estimate claims at least 5,000 lives every year.

"We are going to do something soon to trim down the death toll by 80 per cent in the blood-thirsty Lake Victoria by putting a reliable marine rescue service in place," said Dr Canisius Kanangire, the executive secretary of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, quoting the commission's latest statistics.

Lake Victoria's killer status is little known, unlike its fame for the Nile perch fish. The lake straddles three East African countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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