Sudan Braced for ‘Massive Floods’ as Nile Water Level Surges

Torrential rains in neighbouring Ethiopia have swollen the Nile, which flows into Sudan.

Khartoum bracing for 'massive floods' as Nile levels hit one hundred-year highs
Sudan’s Irrigation Ministry warned of the likelihood of “unprecedented” Nile floods in the coming two days as Nile levels hit one hundred-year highs. (Photo: ultrasawt.com)

BY ROGER BAIRD | IBT

Khartoum is braced for “massive floods” along the Nile as the river’s water levels hit one hundred-year highs, following warnings from Sudan’s irrigation ministry.

Torrential rains in neighbouring Ethiopia have swollen the Blue Nile which converges with the White Nile in Sudanese capital.

“Water levels of Blue Nile and the Nile are rising, and today the level of the Nile reached its highest in 100 years in Khartoum,” the irrigation ministry said in a statement on Monday (21 August).



It added: “The water level touched 17.14 metres in Khartoum, and is expected to rise more.”

People living along the Nile have been asked to exercise caution in Khartoum with heavy flooding expected over the next two days, the ministry said.

Every year Sudan battles heavy flooding from the Nile. Last year heavy rains in Sudan killed 76 people and destroyed thousands of homes, affecting 13 of the East African nation’s 18 provinces.

Raging floods destroyed 3,206 houses, and damaged 3,048 others in the eastern province of Kassala, one of the worst hit areas, according to the Interior ministry.

Sudan suffers from an underdeveloped infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, which makes it harder to cope with heavy rain and natural disasters.

In 2013, 48 people were killed and more than 500,000 affected by the worst floods in Sudan in quarter of a century.

The region around the capital, Khartoum, was particularly badly hit, with at least 15,000 homes destroyed and thousands of others damaged. Across Sudan, at least 25,000 homes are no longer habitable. The UN classed situation as a disaster.

The flooding caused the collapse of more than 53,000 latrines and saw the World Health Organisation deal with an increase in malaria cases in the region.

2 thoughts on “Sudan Braced for ‘Massive Floods’ as Nile Water Level Surges

  1. Every year, Sudanese battles heavy floods, but a downpour in August 2013 was the worst to hit Khartoum in 25 years killing about 50 people in the capital.

    About 100 people were killed last year across the country as torrential rains destroyed thousands of houses and submerged several villages.

    Thousands of people in the eastern state of Kasala bordering Eritrea fled their homes after the river Gash burst its banks, flooding entire villages inhabited by farmers.

    NOTE: Residents of Kasala may not experience flooding anymore as their neighbor Eritrea successfully diverted the bulk of the Gash river flow to the 7 huge dams it built in the Anseba and Gash Barka region.

  2. Egypt, Sudan agree to enhance border protection cooperation

    August 22, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Egypt’s President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi and Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf Monday agreed to hold a meeting for the joint military committee to promote cooperation and coordination on border control, said the Egyptian Presidency.

    Al-Sisi on Monday met Ibn Ouf in the presence of Egypt’s Minister of Defense and Military Production, Major Gen. Sadqi Subhi and Sudan’s Ambassador to Cairo Abdel-Mahmoud Abdel-Halim.

    The spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency, Alaa Youssef said Ibn Ouf expressed Sudan’s keenness to promote ties with Egypt and to continue coordination and consultations between the two sides to address the various challenges facing the two nations.

    According to Youssef, Ibn Ouf also expressed appreciation for Egypt’s pivotal role in the Arab world and the joint Arab work, saying “Egypt’s security is part of Sudan’s security and Egypt is the safety valve for the whole Arab nation”.

    He expressed readiness to continue cooperation between the two defence ministries to overcome any obstacles that may disrupt the Egyptian-Sudanese relations.

    Youssef pointed that al-Sisi asked Ibn Ouf to convey his greetings to President Omer al-Bashir, stressing the deep, unique and historical ties between the two countries.

    He added Egypt’s foreign policy is based on well-established principles and values and on top of which is the good-neighbourliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and cooperation for peace, construction and development.

    The Egyptian president pointed to the need to continue the work to push forward cooperation between the two countries and strengthen ties in the various fields.

    The spokesperson further said the meeting discussed ways to enhance security and military coordination, pointing the two sides agreed to hold a meeting for the joint military committee to enhance border protection.

    It is noteworthy that Ibn Ouf has arrived in Cairo on Sunday on top of a senior military delegation. He met with his Egyptian counterpart and discussed the impact of recent local and regional developments on security and stability in the region.

    Following rebel attacks in North and East Darfur attacks last May, Sudan has accused Egypt of supporting the rebel activities saying Cairo now works to destabilise the regime.

    Cairo denied the accusation but it was not able to explain how the rebels got the Egyptian armoured vehicles.

    Tensions between Khartoum and Cairo have escalated following the former’s decision to restrict imports of Egyptian farming products which was reciprocated by Cairo’s decision to raise residency fees for Sudanese living in Egypt.

    The deterioration of bilateral relations between the two countries goes back to the attempt to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak in June 1995 followed by the deployment of Egyptian troops in the disputed area of Halayeb triangle.

    Since then, Khartoum has been moving to improve its ties with the eastern and western neighbours, instead of its strategic ties with Egypt.

    Khartoum further went to back the construction of a dam in Ethiopia, which Cairo says will hurt its water needs. Also, the Sudanese government recently signed investment agreements with Gulf countries. Accordingly, they will establish huge agricultural projects that require the full use of Sudan share of the Nile water, a move which is seen in Cairo as another threat to Egypt.

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