Sudan warns of flooding risk as water level of Blue Nile rises

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FILE PHOTO: A bird flies over the convergence between the White Nile river and Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A bird flies over the convergence between the White Nile river and Blue Nile river in Khartoum, Sudan, February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo

The Sudanese Irrigation Ministry on Thursday warned of flooding risk in the Blue Nile following a big rise in the water level.

“The level of water in the Blue Nile river at the El-Dim station on the borders with Ethiopia rose to 550 million cubic meters almost close to the level of the flooding which is 601 million cubic meters,” the irrigation ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry expected that within the next three days the rate of water discharged from Ethiopia will be between 450-550 million cubic meters.

It added that the rate of discharging water behind Sudan’s Roseires and Sanar dams near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border is currently 450 million cubic meters, and alerted that a water level rise over the rate of discharge may lead to possible flooding.

Sudan’s rainy season starts in June and lasts till October where heavy rains fall in this period, and causes

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