Floods cause great destruction in Sudan amid problems with the Nile dam

Floods cause great destruction in Sudan amid problems with the Nile dam
Floods cause great destruction in Sudan amid problems with the Nile dam
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The Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources said the flow of water in the Blue Nile increased from 100 million cubic meters to 400 million cubic meters.

The ministry said in a statement that as the fall season approaches and the average rainfall on the Ethiopian plateau increases, the water level in the Blue Nile has already risen significantly in the Roseires, Singa, Sennar, Wad Madani and Khartoum reservoirs.

Sudanese flood fears coincided with Ethiopia's announcement of completion of the filling of the Great Ethiopian Rebirth Dam (GERD) reservoir, with no disclosure of the amount of stored water.

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Egypt's former Minister of Irrigation, Mohammed Nasr Allam, said floods in Sudan this year have caused large losses despite limited water supplies following a one-way filling of the GERD and a lack of information about the dam. According to him, Ethiopia did not coordinate the filling and operation of the GERD with any of the stakeholders, and therefore Sudan was unable to take the necessary measures in case of possible floods or high water levels in the Blue Nile.

On July 24, Sudanese media reported that floods in Al Fao, Gedaref state, displaced more than 10,000 families, flooded about 20,000 homes, damaged hundreds of tons of wheat stocks and caused losses totaling 1 trillion Sudanese pounds (about 2, $ 2 billion) in several areas of Al-Fao.

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