Thursday, September 24, 2015

Water shortage in Egypt unrelated to Ethiopia’s dam reservoir

(Sep 24, 2015, (CAIRO))--Egypt denied Thursday media reports claiming that the reservoir of Ethiopia’s controversial Renaissance Dam is being filled with Nile water and has caused water shortages in Egypt’s major cities.

Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy said Wednesday in a statement that the ministry is following up construction works of the Ethiopian Dam and confirmed that the dam’s reservoir has not been filled with water, citing to satellite images taken in mid-September.

Ethiopia and the two downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan) agreed in March that operating the reservoir will only start after studying the environmental and economic impacts of the dam on the two countries.

The construction of the dam has been a high-priority issue for Egypt’s government, which has raised concerns it would negatively affect its water supply. Ethiopia has claimed the dam is necessary for its development; both states agreed to tripartite talks that started in August 2014 and have been hosted by Sudan. Read more from The Cairo Post »

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