River Nile originates from Burundi from Victoria Lake and it empties into the Mediterranean Sea. River Nile floods every year between June and September when there is an extreme summer rain and snow from Ethiopian mountains melt. However it didn’t cause any damage as it used to flood on flat desert land of Egypt. In 1960 Aswan Dam was built to control the damage cause by the flood. The other dams created on river Nile are Roseires Dam, Sennar Dam and Owen Falls Dam. The most amazing aspect of the river Nile is that it discharges 3.1 million water per second into the Mediterranean Sea where it empties.

River Nile is the oldest and largest river of the world. Its name comes from the Greek word ‘neilos’ which means valley. Mostly people think that river Nile is in Egypt but it flows through nine countries namely Kenya, Zaire, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burundi and Egypt. Only 22% of the river Nile is in Egypt. The length of the river Nile is approximately 6700 km. River Nile is blessing for these countries because most part of these countries is covered with desert and the river Nile creates a fertile green valley across the desert.

April 13, 2011 | Afifa Gillani | No Comments | 650 views