Eastern Nile agency wins flood preparation funding

The Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) received a US$3.5 million grant June 19 from the World Bank to carry out the Eastern Nile Flood Preparedness and Early Warning Project.

ENTRO Executive Director Mekuria Tafesse and bank Africa Director Mark Tomlinson signed the grant agreement in a ceremony at Addis Ababa reported by the official Ethiopian News Agency.

The program is to strengthen the capacities of the Eastern Nile countries, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan, in flood forecasting, mitigation, and management, as well as enhancing their readiness to implement the program. (HNN 2/14/07) It is one of seven cooperative programs under the Integrated Development of the Eastern Nile for poverty alleviation, economic growth, and reversal of environmental degradation.

ENTRO recruited consultants under the program in February to perform flood risk mapping in Ethiopia and Sudan. It sought flood risk mapping from 2007-2008 valued at US$200,000 in Ethiopia and US$400,000 in Sudan. Ethiopia work will focus on areas around Lake Tana and Gambella, while Sudan work will focus on areas around Tuti Island and Dongola.

ENTRO awarded a contract in 2006 to SMEC International of Australia for preliminary work on the Flood Preparedness and Early Warning Project. It also has been investigating power trade opportunities, interconnection, and three hydropower projects, 1,700-MW Mandaya and 1,780-MW Border in Ethiopia near the Sudan border, and 780-MW Dal 1 in Sudan near the Egypt border.

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