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Life was improving for 'no sex for fish.' Then came the flood November 02,2020   |  Source: NPR

It is 7 a.m. on a chilly morning in September. Alice Akinyi Amonde is standing on a beach along the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria. She makes her living by selling fish, and she's waiting for her boat to come in from a night on the lake so she can take the fisherman's catch, clean it and sell it in a nearby village. When things were going well in her village of Nduru Beach, she'd earn about $50 a day. Now she is lucky if she makes $3 a day. The reason for this downturn: In March, after prolonged heavy rains, Nduru Beach, population roughly 1,000, was literally submerged in water. The homes, typically constructed with sturdy and thick mud walls and metal roofs, were damaged and destroyed. Flood waters carried away the villagers' cows, chickens and other farm animals.

No deaths were reported among the residents, who fled inland. Some have found alternate housing or are staying with family or friends. Others live in crowded makeshift quarters on the grounds of a local church and in schoolrooms. They depend on aid and the charity of neighbors for basic needs such as food. Even now, months later, many houses are submerged in five feet of water. Amonde is one of the very few who have returned, hoping to earn some money again in the fish trade. The fishing boat she owns survived the

Theme(s): Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Fisheries Resources, Landing Centres, Others, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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