Ethiopia takes decision to ban flights over GERD

Ethiopia has decided to ban all flights over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for security reasons. “All flights have been banned to secure the dam,” the director-general of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Wesenyeleh Hunegnaw told a private news agency. He did not give more details regarding the factors that weighed in behind this decision 

In a speech to Parliament later, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde said: “This year will be a year where the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will start generating power with the two turbines.” 

She also said work was under way to enable a second filling of the giant hydropower dam within the next 12 months. 

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