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Damming the Nile: Explore with 360 video
The Nile. It is the longest river in the world that flows 6,853 km northward through eleven countries including Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, and into the Mediterranean Sea. But the Nile is not just one river from one origin. The waters of the White Nile and Blue Nile converge at Khartoum, the capital of Sudan
In particular, the Blue Nile is the main water source of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt. On the river, a new dam called the Grand Renaissance Dam is being constructed in Ethiopia. Once completed, this 170-meter-tall, 1,8km-long dam will hold enough water to fill 30millio Olympic pools water in 1,874 square kilometer land, larger than London.
Egypt is very much worried about this huge hydroelectric project if it will reduce waters that run to its fields and reservoirs from Ethiopia’s highlands. Sudan supports the project, expecting the dam to regulate floods and provide electricity and irrigation.
Sharing the same water resource seems like a very critical issue for beneficiaries. And when the resource becomes scarce, it could cause disputes, conflicts and …
Enjoy seeing this new 360° video documentary by BBC.