Egypt reviews measures to deal with annual Nile flood expected to be above average

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Sun, 13 Sep 2020 - 11:39 GMT

A boat transports people along the river Nile in Cairo, Egypt July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A boat transports people along the river Nile in Cairo, Egypt July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO – 13 September 2020: Egyptian committee concerned with following up on the flow of the Nile River have reviewed procedures to monitor and assess the extent of the Nile flood this year, as it earlier expected this year’s flood to be above average.

 

The meeting, which was headed by Minister of Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aaty, came as part of a series of meetings of the committee to follow up on the situation of rain on the Blue Nile and ways to deal with the flowing water.

 

The flood of Nile River this year will likely be higher than the average according to the committee affiliated with the Water Resources Ministry last month.

 

The initial indicators were based on the incoming water flow during August; however, it is still too early to make a final judgment on the type and size of this year’s flood, pending the months of September and October; the Committee said.

 

According to an official statement issued by the ministry, the committee reviewed the position of the Nile flood, and the measures taken by the Nile Water Affairs Sector and the Ministry's Planning Sector Forecasting Center, including monitoring, analysis and evaluation of the flood situation, and the quantities of water expected to arrive until the end of the current water year 2021-2022.

 

The statement pointed to the unprecedented high rates of rainfall in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and the high level of water in the waterway, explaining that coordination is taking place Egypt and Sudan in a framework of mutual cooperation, exchanging of data and information, and joint measurements in some measurement stations.

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