Thursday 18 January 2018

Video: Kenya's secret underground lake could end water problems forever

A POOL has been found 300m underground in Kenya that is so big it could meet the country's needs for more than half a century.

Underneath this African plain is a secret lake that could potentially solve the people of Kenya's water problems forever.

It's so big that it's able to hold all of the country’s current reserves ten times over.

Scientists have suspected it has been there for some time, but now using a new system - they found it and they're making it accessible to the local people.

The man who discovered the lake did so by bringing together existing radar, satellite and geological maps.

Radar Technologies International, Dr Alain Gachet said: “We already agreed to change the economy of this area, but we can change the economy of progressively all of Kenya. And if we can do it in Kenya, we can do it everywhere.”

He continued: “This is really one of the major discoveries in Africa, from these last years.”

The enthusiasm is shared by the Kenyan government who are going to use the system to map the rest of the country in search for more hidden lakes.

The UN scientific wing are also backing the plan, though they are cautious in calling it a potential game changer.

Something that will hopefully be rolled out in Ethiopia and Somalia.

This area, the country and the whole continent knows too well the pain of drought. So this precious water will change lives.

The lake underneath it could meet all of Kenya's needs for half a century. It would be the tap that never runs dry.

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