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Egypt expresses solidarity with Sudan after dam collapse

Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Aug 2020
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt has expressed solidarity with Sudan after a dam in the country’s Blue Nile state collapsed, destroying hundreds of homes.

In a statement on Saturday, Egypt’s foreign ministry stressed its support for Sudan “under the fraternal bonds between the nations of the Nile Valley, the historical relations, and the unified fate and path between the two countries.”

Last Thursday, a dam in the southeastern Sudanese district of Bout collapsed after heavy rain, destroying over 600 houses and flooding others.

Local Sudanese media outlets said the dam held five million cubic meters of water used for agriculture and drinking.

A local official told AFP on Saturday that residents have successfully evacuated their homes, adding that the exact size of the damage has not yet been determined. 

Torrential rains are common in Sudan between June and October, leading to significant flooding.

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