Sudan announces significant rise of Nile water levels

Civil Defence authority warns that the Nile levels might rise further in the coming days

13:13 August 28, 2017

Khartoum: Sudan’s Civil Defence authority announced on Sunday a significant rise in the water levels of Nile River, urging citizens living in the islands and along the river to take extra precautions.

“The levels of Blue Nile River at Al Daim station, on the border with Ethiopia, registered a significant rise of 60cm, reaching 12.84 metres,” Mohamedain Abul-Qasim, spokesman of the Civil Defence authority, said in a statement.

“The water discharge from Al Rusaires Dam registered 565.55 cubic metres on Sunday, compared to 563.89 cubic metres on Saturday,” he added.

Abdul-Qasim warned that the Nile levels might rise further in the coming days, saying: “The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone is still on the far north with expected rain falling.”

Meanwhile, Sudan’s Ministry of Water Resources, Electricity and Dams said the Blue Nile has reached its highest level in the past century, exceeding the time when Sudan was hit by the big flood in 1946.

The ministry urged citizens who live near the banks of the Nile and its tributaries, namely in Khartoum State, to take precautions.

Earlier, Sudanese Meteorological Authority said rains were expected in the Red Sea State, the southern parts of Northern State, Nahral-Neel, Kassala, Gedddarif, Khartoum, Gezira and Sinnar States in addition to Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile States.