The “water hyacinth” flower, the flower that kills
The floods in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, have brought tons of water hyacinths on the river Buriganga
This plant, native to the Amazon, has been proliferating for decades in the region, to the point of asphyxiating already terribly polluted rivers.
If Bangladesh fails to eliminate this plague, it tries to exploit it. A factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, produces particleboard from these fibers. In the Bay of Bengal, farmers are growing floating plots on a bed of water hyacinths.
For the umpteenth time this season, a thick green carpet of water hyacinths moving with the winds and currents covers the entire bay of Kisumu, western Kenya.
It arrived in the early 1990s in Lake Victoria, via the Kagera River in the west, under unclear circumstances, and has since seriously complicated the movement of many fishing boats and other craft on this lake shared between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
Kenya is interested in Bangalorean industrial processes to eradicate the water hyacinth plague.