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Egypt declares water emergency as precaution

Egypt is cautious but optimistic on its water supply for the year, with strategies to address last year's drop in Nile River flow.

CAIRO — Though water-scarce Egypt is on the verge of flood season, Cairo has declared a state of emergency due to a decline in water flow from last year. Yet water experts say the country is in good enough shape because of its reserves and water conservation measures. 

“The job of an irrigation engineer in Egypt has changed," Mohammed al-Sibai, spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, told Al-Monitor. "We no longer manage water flooding but manage water scarcity, and make precise plans to deal with it, so as not to harm the main interests and the citizens’ needs.”

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