Ethiopia: High rising lake threatens Addis-Djibouti highway

(HornTrade) – Residents of Metehara, a town located 164 kms east of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa in the Oromia Regional State, has been gazing at the overflowing Lake Beseka in shudder fearing that the Rift Valley lake might very soon submerge them. The spilling over is becoming a clear and present danger to the country’s major import/export corridor – the only highway to the Port of Djibouti. According to some experts, the lake, which occupied 3-5sq km from 1912 to 1964, had been expanding significantly to 40sq km in 1998 and is now believed to be over 60sq km. After repeated suggestions by experts to the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) to find a sustainable solution to the ever-expanding lake, it looks like the lake has beaten everyone to the curve and has started swallowing up everything in its proximity; the reason being the seasonal increase of the Awash River in volume, which back-flowed to the lake. This has led to the engulfing of the main road to the Addis Ketema area in Metehara. Tumsa Secondary School was also a victim of the misfortune and now the residents fear that the next victim could be the main highway.

Source: Reporter

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