A section of Kenya’s 2nd longest river Athi-Galana has turned completely black.

On August 10, photos of this section of the river turned viral across social media platforms, with Kenyans calling on the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to look into the matter.

A closer look at the alarming photos further showed a greater danger as local farmers are seen to use the very same water to irrigate their farms along the river’s banks.

Plastic pipes used to pump the murky water from the river and over its steep banks are visible from the photos.

The Athi-Galana-Sabaki River is the second-longest river in Kenya (after the Tana River).

It has a total length of 390 kilometers and drains an area of 70 square kilometers. it rises in the Gatamaiyo Forest as the Athi River and enters the Indian Ocean as the Galana River (also known as the Sabaki River).

The cause of the pollution is unknown but it is said to consist of raw sewage spilled from the many industries in Mavoko Area.


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