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Nile 2050: A billion people at risk from floods and droughts

The Nile – source of water for millions – is under severe pressure.

According to UN estimates, the population of countries in the Nile river basin is expected to more than double in the years to 2050 to nearly one billion, putting scarce water resources under ever greater strain.

Now a new report indicates that climate change is going to add to what is a fast developing crisis along one of the world’s great rivers.

Global warming means the river’s water levels will become ever more unpredictable says the report by academics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), resulting in what could be devastating floods one year and withering drought the next.

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