Above average rainfall in Ethiopia to continue for ten days
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) — Above average rainfall in most parts of Ethiopia will continue for 10 more days, bringing with it the risk of flooding.
(Coastweek) –The statement was made on Friday by the Ethiopian Metrology Agency (EMA), which said the above average rainfall is expected to benefit agricultural producing areas of central, northern and western regions of the East African country.
However the agency said the excessive rainfall carries the risk of flooding in parts of Ethiopia’s agricultural producing areas.
It further recommended farmers and local authorities to take preventive steps.
EMA also said parts of northeastern Ethiopia are expected in contrast to have dwindling rainfall during the next 10 days.
The announcement by the agency came amid Ethiopia’s battle with ongoing drought that has hit parts of the country, rendering close to 8.5 million people in need of emergency food aid.
Sudan announces significant rise of Nile water levels
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) — Sudan’s civil defense 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 60 cm, reaching 12.84 meters,” Mohamedain Abul-Qasim, spokesman of the civil defense authority, said in a statement.
“The water discharge from Al-Rusaires Dam registered 565.55 cubic meters on Sunday, compared to 563.89 cubic meters on Saturday,” he added.
Abdul-Qasim warned that the Nile levels might further rise in the coming days, saying that “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 further precautions.
Earlier, Sudanese Meteorological Authority said that 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.