Mining threatens flamingos

ARUSHA, Tanzania - Flamingos in Tanzania's Lake Natron will face a major threat if that country starts mining soda ash from the lake, a wildlife group said.

ARUSHA, Tanzania - Flamingos in Tanzania's Lake Natron will face a major threat if that country starts mining soda ash from the lake, a wildlife group said.

Three-quarters of the world's population of Lesser Flamingo live and breed in East Africa. Many depend on Tanzania's Lake Natron as a breeding site, the group, BirdLife International, saidyesterday.

Tanzania's Environment Minister Batilda Buriani said the country was still awaiting an environmental assessment before making a final decision.

"We want to do it in such a way that the flamingos and animals are not affected," he said. - Sapa-AP

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