Climate change may boost rain in Kenyan river basin – scientists

Relief Web | 20 Dec 2017

ROME, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenya’s Tana River Basin, a major source of hydroelectric power, food and fresh water, may see its annual rainfall increase as much as 43 percent by the end of the century because of climate change, scientists said on Tuesday.

The river basin, stretching from the centre to the east of the country, is home to 8 million people. It supplies 70 percent of Kenya’s hydro-power, and 80 percent of Nairobi’s drinking water, according to UN Environment.