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Ethiopia Denies It Began Second Filling of Disputed Nile Dam

  • Water minister says Sudan claim that pooling started not true
  • Egypt, Sudan pushing for binding agreement before step taken

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Ethiopia denied starting the second phase of filling its giant hydropower dam on a Nile River tributary, as Sudan and Egypt warned against further pooling without a deal on water usage.

Sudan has evidence to suggest Ethiopia resumed filling the reservoir this month, a Sudanese official said Tuesday, citing data on river flows gathered in the downstream nation. Sudanese technical records show changes in the level of the Blue Nile River that indicate water is being pooled, the person said, asking not to be identified as the studies aren’t public.