Currently, Egypt is undergoing so many changes in so many sectors that we could write about them endlessly. Amidst the activity and bustle of change, our country has not forgotten its duty and responsibilities towards the world, especially African countries, such as Uganda.
For those who aren’t aware of the situation with our friends on the equator, let us fill you in. Every rainy season since April 2016, the Kasese District, in Western Uganda, suffers the horrific consequences of the perilous flooding of River Nyamwamba. Early last year, FloodList reported that at least 1,000 victims were displaced due to the floods in Kasese and Kampala.
It was in 2016 that the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment requested help from Egypt to mitigate the harmful effects of the flood. During that same year, both countries signed a memorandum of understanding for the future project. In March 2017, the first phase of the project started when an Egyptian technical delegation, comprised of experts from the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, stepped in to study, assess, and preview the geographical area, as well as assemble all requisite data from the site until the project was officially launched in August 2017.
One year later, in July 2018, the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation delivered its end of the bargain when it completed the first phase, at a cost of 2.7 million dollars, that consisted of purging the river and building concrete walls along its banks in four vital areas where two schools, one hospital, a factory, and a bridge are located. A few months later, Egyptian Minister of Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Ati, travelled to Kampala to attend the closing of the Averting Flood Risks Project’s first phase in Kasese. Throughout this journey, the Ugandan Minister of Water and Environment, Sam Cheptoris, has publicly expressed his appreciation for the technical cooperation between Egypt and Uganda in the fields of irrigation and water resources, and commended the technical expertise of the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources.
But our story doesn’t end there! Watani states that the second phase is already underway, starting with the studies and data collection required to fortify the river banks in the area of the next stage, at an estimated cost of 1.8 million dollars.