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Ethiopia’s industrialisation spells crisis for Kenya’s Turkana 0

Industrial projects along Ethiopia’s Omo River could dry up Kenya’s Lake Turkana and create a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe exacerbated by climate change, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake, lies in Kenya’s northwest corner, on the border with Ethiopia, and gets 90 per cent of its water from the Omo River.

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and has the potential to generate 45,000 megawatts of hydropower by tapping the rivers that cascade through its highlands. It is pushing to become a top energy exporter and manufacturing hub.

Large-scale industrialisation of the Omo, including the Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam, which began power production this month, and a planned 2,000-square-km irrigated sugar plantation downstream, could siphon off water from Turkana and wipe out fish stocks.

“Lake Turkana is in danger of disappearing, and the health and livelihood of the indigenous peoples of the region along with it,” Joseph Amon, health and human rights director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement before releasing a report in Nairobi.

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