Blue Nile levels on the rise in Sudan

Competent authorities in Sudan have announced new recorded increases in Blue Nile levels, after having registered below average levels consistently prior to Saturday.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Blue Nile levels rose today to 452 million cubic meters, recorded at the El-Dim station sitting between Sudan and Ethiopia.

On Monday, the Blue Nile recorded 400 million cubic meters, while the Atbara River had exceeded 200 million cubic meters, according to a statement by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources.

The statement indicated, as a result of water retention in the Renaissance Dam, water levels had recorded at below average up until last Saturday.

The statement pointed out that the rise in the Blue Nile and its two tributaries, the Rahad and Dinder, coincided with torrential rains east of the country.

The statement predicted that all sectors will witness an average increase of 35 cm, with the civil sector expected to go up from 17.50 to 17.86 cm, and the whole sector from 16.35 to 16.95 cm.

The statement also predicted an increase in the Khartoum sector going from from 14.36 to 14.63 cm, the Shendi sector from 13.69 to 14.03 cm, Atbara from 14.00 to 14.40 cm, and Dongola from 11.72 to 12.06 cm.

The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources expects the continuation of this increase for Tuesday at a rate of half a meter in the Blue Nile sector from Sennar to Khartoum, and the main Nile north of Khartoum.

The ministry revealed that the Jebel Awliya reservoir is almost completely drained, while the Merowe, Sennar, Upper Atbara and Setit reservoirs continue to provide passage for incoming water from both the Blue Nile and Atbara River.

The increases come in the wake of Ethiopia’s announcement that a second filling process for the Renaissance Dam has been completed.

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