LAKE VICTORIA — A ferry with an unknown number of passengers has on Saturday evening capsized in on the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria.
The boat identified as Water Bus is said to have been plying the Mageta Island—Usenge beach route in Siaya County in Kenya when the incident occurred.
The Citizen TV, quoting sources, reports the boat could have been hit by strong winds and high tides partly attributed to the swelling water levels of Lake Victoria.
The Citizen TV quoting authorities adds that a rescue mission is currently underway, coordinated by local administration and beach management units.
Water levels have been on the rise in Lake Victoria over the last four months
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.
Kenya Red Cross confirmed that all the 20 occupants of the Usenge Water Bus have been rescued.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga took to twitter to thank those who made the rescue operation a success. He went on to advise those who use the lake to be more cautious as the water level is rising dangerously.
“I sincerely thank all those who acted swiftly and saved lives from the capsized ferry in Lake Victoria earlier today. God bless you all. Lake Victoria is not what we used to know as its water level is rising dangerously. Let’s approach it with extreme caution,” the former Premier said.