The Blue Nile in Sudan has officially reached flood levels. Local authorities have called on citizens to take the necessary precautions.
The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources announced on Friday that the flow of the Blue Nile at the el-Dim station on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border has reached flood levels after having recorded a volume of 610 million cubic meters.
The rate of dispositions behind the Roseires, Sennar dams was more than 500 million cubic meters with Khartoum recording 15.44 meters in river height, 40 cm less than last year’s level and 1.06 meters less than the 16.50 meters flood level.
As for the level in the city of Atbara, it recorded 14.92 meters, 26 cm less than the level of flood anticipation of 15.18 meters.
The ministry called on citizens in all sectors to take the necessary precautions, and said that the level of the Nile in Khartoum is expected to rise again on Saturday to 15.70 meters.
The Flood Committee’s statement on Friday anticipated that all sectors would witness an average rise of “20-30” cm.
The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources had previously expected a continuation of the rate of increase, at a rate of half a meter in the Blue Nile sector from Sennar to Khartoum, and the main Nile north of Khartoum.
The increases come in the wake of Ethiopia’s announcement that a second filling process for the Renaissance Dam has been completed, in preparation for generating electricity.
The hydroelectric power generation process requires the gate of the dam to be open, and will store, after its completion, approximately 74 million cubic meters of water.
The Sudanese authorities warn of an exceptional autumn season, accompanied by possible floods in the Blue Nile, if the gates of the dam are opened without bilateral coordination.