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Water Hyacinth Threatens Aquatic Life in Zambia
Water hyacinth, which is commonly known as the Kafue weed, is one of the invasive species of weeds threatening the existence of aquatic life in Zambian Rivers.

The water hyacinth grows in water and chokes the life that is found therein like fish and water plants, and ultimately disturbs the life cycle of those organisms.

NHCC Ecologist Musawa Hamusonde said water hyacinth is more deadly than it seems as it could cover the whole river. "Once water life is dead, the whole ecological system gets tempered with and nature becomes imbalanced," she said.

 
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Officials Document Water Hyacinth in Kerala since 1914 - Water hyacinth is a free floating aquatic plant that is native to South America. One of the fastest growing plants known, water hyacinth can double their population in two weeks. When not controlled, the aquatic plant will cover lakes and ponds entirely, dramatically affecting water flow, blocking sunlight from native aquatic plants and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish and turtles.


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