Sudan – Floods Collapse Parts of White Nile Dam

A dam in Tindelti in White Nile state, Sudan, partially collapsed as a result of the floods yesterday (04 September, 2017).

El Aawaj dam sustained damage as a result of the flood of Khor Abu Habil which threatened to drown parts of Tindelti. El Awaj was built to protect Tindelti from flooding in 2013.

The flood of Khor Abu Habil, a seasonal water channel, has accelerated the flow of water and the rise in the water level more than previous years.

Yesterday the state’s Ministry of Urban Planning instructed to speed-up the repair of cracks and the development of necessary precautionary measures, in an attempto to not expose the dam to the risk of fully collapsing and drowning Tendelti town.


The overflowing of the Blue Nile in Sennar state caused the pipes that dispose of rainwater on the Singa bridge, to leak. This caused the flooding of El Shargi and Ashara districts in Singa in the past days.

Also the water level of El Dindir river in Sennar continued to rise. The level si recorded at 12.98 metres, marking a significant increase compared to previous rainy seasons.

This article was originally published by Radio Dabanga and can be seen here.

Flood Summary

Last updated: September 6, 2017
Sudan, August 2017
August 20, 2017
River flood
Long-term rainfall


A - El Fasher
B - Nyala
C - Delgo
D - Singa
E - Halafaya
F - Al Jazirah / El Gezira
G - Atbara


River level
17.14 metres
Blue Nile at Khartoum - August 20 to August 20, 2017
River level
15.59 metres
River Nile at Atbara, River Nile State - August 28 to August 28, 2017
increase of 51 cm in 24 hours
River level
14.56 metres
River Atbarah at Atbara, River Nile State - August 28 to August 28, 2017
increase of 66 cm in 24 hours
River level
12.44 metres
Blue Nile at Ad Damazin - August 29 to August 29, 2017
River level
12.84 metres
Blue Nile at Ad Damazin - August 27 to August 27, 2017


Buildings destroyed
420 buildings
August 20 to August 30, 2017