ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia has started filling the Grand Renaissance dam, a giant hydroelectric project it is building on the Blue Nile, its water minister said on Wednesday, a day after talks with Sudan and Egypt on the issue became deadlocked.
“The construction of the dam and the filling of the water go hand in hand,” Seleshi Bekele said in televised comments. “The filling of the dam doesn’t need to wait until the completion of the dam.”
The water level had increased from 525 meters to 560 meters, he said.
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WNU Editor: If water levels on the Nile do drop appreciably, there is a very real possibility that Egypt will launch military strikes to destroy this dam …. Egypt is backed into a corner over the Nile dam – it may have no choice but to go to war (Ahmed Aboudouh, the Independent).
Ethiopia begins filling Grand Renaissance Dam reservoir, says minister — The National
Ethiopia begins filling Grand Renaissance dam on Blue Nile — Al Jazeera
Photos: Satellite images show Ethiopia dam reservoir swelling — Egypt Independent