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Sudan declares a state of emergency after Merowe dam receives large quantities of water.

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Sudan has declared a state of emergency after the Merowe dam located in the northern part of the country received larger than expected quantities of water. This risks the chance of flooding in towns in the vicinity of the Merowe Dam (Hamdab Dam).

If the authorities release more water than usual from the dam, there is a chance of flooding downstream of the dam along the Nile River. There could be damage to agricultural land, bridges.and localized disruptions.

The Merowe dam is located 350km north of Khartoum and is used to provide electricity, protect against flooding, create new farmland and reduce problematical sedimentation in the Assuan Dam located 350km downstream of the dam. It is 154m long

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