ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Above average rainfall in most parts of Ethiopia
will continue for 10 more days, bringing with it the risk of
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.
recommended farmers and local authorities to take preventive
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.
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.”
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
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.