Tensions rise as £3billion mega-project built by Chinese firms begins filling up – threatening to reduce the Nile to a trickle
Ethiopia has announced that it has started filling a lake behind its newly-constructed, £3billion dam – a move that could spark conflict with downstream neighbour Egypt amid fears it will reduce the Nile to a trickle.
Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s water minister, announced the move Wednesday – one day after the latest round of talks with Egypt collapsed and after satellite images revealed the Blue Nile river was backing up behind the dam..
Egypt, which relies on the river for 90 per cent of its fresh water, has previously said that ‘all options are on the table’ to stop the lake being filled and has hinted it could take military action.
The move will also send shockwaves through Sudan, which sits between the two adversaries and spent four years mediating peace talks. It also faces problems with its own dams along the river once Ethiopia’s is operational.
Neither country has commented on today’s development…Full Story