Will Sudan's record flooding justify GERD, impact Nile talks?

This picture taken on September 14, 2020 aboard an aircraft of the Bahrain Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) shows an aerial view of flooded parts of Sudan's capital Khartoum.

Photo credit: Mazen Mahdi | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Though this is not the first time for the Nile to burst its banks, victims say this is the worst case of flooding they have ever witnessed.
  • Ethiopia has long been arguing that the Grand Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam (GERD), being built near the Sudanese border, will ease the severity of flooding in Sudan.
  • Sudan and Egypt fear that Ethiopia’s $4.8 billion mega dam project will eventually diminish their historic water share from the Nile River.

The recent flooding in Sudan has claimed hundreds of lives, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and displaced over one million people, forcing Khartoum to declare a three-month state of emergency.

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