The Roseires Dam administration in Sudan has warned that the dam is at risk, due to the low quantities of water coming into it from the “Blue Nile”, at a time when Ethiopia says it is preparing to face serious floods.
The dam’s administration confirmed that the water incoming to it would continue to drop by 50%, stressing the need to complete negotiations with Ethiopia regarding the Renaissance Dam quickly to reach an agreement that protects the existing dams on the Nile from the danger of low water levels in them.
Egypt has taken measures to confront any possible shortage of Nile water, while Khartoum confirmed that the Ethiopian decision to start filling the Renaissance Dam, for the second year in a row, constitutes a threat to Sudan.
Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Yasser Abbas, said in a letter sent to his Ethiopian counterpart, Bekele Seleshi, that Ethiopia had decided to fill the dam for the second year actually in the first week of May, when it decided to continue construction of the middle passage of the dam, therefore, it is clear that when The water flow exceeds the capacity of the two lower gates, and the water will be stored until the dam is filled and the water eventually crosses over it.
The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation explained that the information provided by Addis Ababa regarding the filling for the second year is of little value to Sudan now, after a fait accompli has been made above the Roseires dam, pointing out that Sudan has taken many measures to reduce the expected negative economic and social effects. for the second unilateral filling of the Renaissance Dam, but it will “reduce only a few negative repercussions on the safe operation of our national dams.”
In a related context, Ethiopia insists on starting a second filling of the Renaissance Dam this July and next August, even if it does not reach an agreement on the dam it is building on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile.
On the other hand, Egypt and Sudan are committed to first reaching a binding tripartite agreement on filling and operating, preserving the safety of their water facilities, and ensuring the continuation of their annual share of the Nile water.