Tourist dies in hippo at­tack on Kenya lake

Gulf Times - - AFRICA -

AChi­nese tourist has died in Kenya af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a hippo on the shores of Lake Naivasha, the East African na­tion’s wildlife ser­vice said yes­ter­day.

The man, who had been tak­ing pho­to­graphs, was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival at the Naivasha District Hospi­tal, while an­other tourist sur­vived the at­tack on Satur­day evening, ac­cord­ing to the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice.

“We are track­ing the hippo,” it said on Twit­ter.

The agency named the dead man as Chang Ming Chuang, 66, and the sur­vivor as Wu Peng Te, 62.

The Chi­nese em­bassy did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a call for com­ment.

Kenyan news­pa­per The Star yes­ter­day quoted the head of a boat own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion in Navaisha as say­ing that higher than nor­mal wa­ter lev­els were caus­ing hip­pos to wan­der from the lake on to nearby farms and ho­tel prop­er­ties search­ing for pas­ture.

Naivasha is a city on the lake 90km north­west of the capital, Nairobi.

Af­ter a se­vere drought last year, Kenya had sev­eral months of heavy rains ear­lier this year that caused se­ri­ous flood­ing, in­clud­ing around Lake Naivasha.

Tourism is one of the coun­try’s main sources of for­eign ex­change and nearly 1.5mn tourists vis­ited Kenya last year, ac­cord­ing to the tourism min­istry.

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