Nile River flood in Egypt higher than average this year: Irrigation ministry spox



Thu, 26 Aug 2021 - 09:25 GMT


Thu, 26 Aug 2021 - 09:25 GMT

The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt - CC via Wikimedia Commons/Mohamed Moussa

The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt - CC via Wikimedia Commons/Mohamed Moussa

CAIRO – 26 August 2021: The Irrigation Ministry’s committee concerned with monitoring the Nile flood periodically affirms that the floods this year are above average, ministry spokesman Mohamed Ghanem said on Wednesday.

In a telephone interview with DMC, Ghanem said any increase in the water flow in the Blue Nile or the White Nile means an increase in the water flow to Egypt.

Egypt’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel Ati in late July said the ministry is monitoring the rate of rainfall on the River Nile sources and the quantity of water reaching the Aswan High Dam lake and is studying the different scenarios of floods.

This came as he chaired a periodic meeting for the ‎permanent committee for regulating the River Nile flow to follow up on the mechanisms of water management and distribution and procedures to preserve safe level of the river water.

The minister said rainfall rates increased on the sources of the River Nile and the water level at the High Dam lake is expected to increase in early August.

Abdel-Ati ordered continuing the state of alert to monitor the water levels in canals and drains and ensure the preparedness of emergency units and stations to ensure the proper management of the water system.

Egypt continues efforts as part of a comprehensive vision to provide the necessary water needs for all water-using sectors to help achieving sustainable development goals, the minister said.

The ministry every year follows up on the situation of rain on the Blue Nile and ways to deal with the flowing water, to prepare for the annual river floods.

The Nile flood occurs in the three months of August, September and October due to the heavy rainfall in the Ethiopian highlands.

Nile floods have hit parts of Sudan, causing dozens of deaths and thousands of homes to collapse.



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