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Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise

Updated : 2019-11-07 16:28:27

Egypt is facing severe water crisis owing to rising population and climatic change. Egypt fears things could get even worse as Ethiopia starts filling the reservoir behind a giant dam upriver. Egyptian officials say they currently have around 570 cubic meters (150,000 gallons) of water per person per year - hydrologists consider a country to be facing water scarcity if supplies drop below 1,000 cubic meters per person annually.

Abdel-Shaheed Gerges, a farmer, touches the water at an irrigation channel developed by a government project in Comer village in Esna, south of Luxor, Egypt, October 27, 2019. Egypt is facing severe water crisis owing to rising population and climatic change. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Abdel-Shaheed Gerges, a farmer, touches the water at an irrigation channel developed by a government project in Comer village in Esna, south of Luxor, Egypt, October 27, 2019. Egypt is facing severe water crisis owing to rising population and climatic change. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egypt fears things could get even worse as Ethiopia starts filling the reservoir behind a giant dam upriver. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egypt fears things could get even worse as Ethiopia starts filling the reservoir behind a giant dam upriver. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A general view shows the River Nile with houses and farmland in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, the United States was hosting talks between the countries and their fellow Nile-user Sudan to try to restart stalled talks over the hydropower project. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A general view shows the River Nile with houses and farmland in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, the United States was hosting talks between the countries and their fellow Nile-user Sudan to try to restart stalled talks over the hydropower project. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egyptian officials say they currently have around 570 cubic meters (150,000 gallons) of water per person per year - hydrologists consider a country to be facing water scarcity if supplies drop below 1,000 cubic meters per person annually. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egyptian officials say they currently have around 570 cubic meters (150,000 gallons) of water per person per year - hydrologists consider a country to be facing water scarcity if supplies drop below 1,000 cubic meters per person annually. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
People walk in front of their houses near a canal which flows into the River Nile in Comer village in Esna. Egypt's figure is expected to drop to 500 cubic meters by 2025. That is without taking into account the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt says will lower water levels further, though Ethiopia says it has taken the needs of Egypt and Sudan into account. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
People walk in front of their houses near a canal which flows into the River Nile in Comer village in Esna. Egypt's figure is expected to drop to 500 cubic meters by 2025. That is without taking into account the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which Egypt says will lower water levels further, though Ethiopia says it has taken the needs of Egypt and Sudan into account. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Farmers look on at their farmlands near the River Nile in Comer village in Esna south of Luxor. More than 80 percent of its water is used for agriculture, but scarcity means Cairo already imports about half its food and is the world's largest wheat importer. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Farmers look on at their farmlands near the River Nile in Comer village in Esna south of Luxor. More than 80 percent of its water is used for agriculture, but scarcity means Cairo already imports about half its food and is the world's largest wheat importer. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A farmer walks on top of an irrigation channel developed by a government project in Comer village in Esna, south of Luxor, Egypt, October 27, 2019. The government is urging farmers to use more efficient irrigation and plant seeds with shorter life spans that require less water. It is also trying to recycle more water. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
A farmer walks on top of an irrigation channel developed by a government project in Comer village in Esna, south of Luxor, Egypt, October 27, 2019. The government is urging farmers to use more efficient irrigation and plant seeds with shorter life spans that require less water. It is also trying to recycle more water. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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