Sudan authorities are trying to protect the ancient pyramids from flooding, this is after heavy rains have caused the nearby River Nile to reach high levels which have not been reached previously.
Archaeologist Marc Maillot stated that they have built sandbag walls and have been pumping water out.
The site is a home to a host of ruins more than 2 300 years old and the countrywide floods have killed nearly 100 people and made thousands of people homeless.
The Nile River regularly bursts its banks and farmers rely on the floodwaters to create fertile land, but this year’s flood has caused too much damage and has not fertilised the land.
Marc Maillot stated that the flood had never affected the ancient sites before, and that the situation is currently under control but if the level of the Nile River continues to rise then the measures taken may not be enough.
He added that the United Nation designated World Heritage Site at al-Bajrwiya, which was the heartland of the ancient Kingdom of Kush, is normally 500m from the Nile River.
The area, 200km north-east of the capital, Khartoum, is home to hundreds of archaeological artefacts.
The consist of pyramids, temples, palaces, cemeteries, and other places of interest that contribute to the wealth and power of the Kushite State, a major power in the region for more than 1 000 years from the eighth Century BC (Before Christ), the United Nation’s cultural organisation, Unesco, stated.
The damage that has been caused by the flooding across the country led the government to declare a three-month state of emergency last Friday, the 4th of September 2020.
The authorities stated that more than 500 000 people have been affected in 17 of the country’s 18 states.
The 99 recorded deaths have been caused by drowning, mudslides and buildings collapsing.
The water ministry has stated that the level of the Blue Nile, which is the Nile’s main tributary, has risen to 17.57m.
This is the highest level that has been noted.
Just in Khartoum state more than 100 000 people are in need of shelter after having lost their homes.
The United Nation’s humanitarian organisation, OCHA, has warned that the situation can get worse of the coming days.
It says that there are heavy rains forecast for neighbouring Ethiopia and parts of Sudan which could lead to a rise in the level of the Blue Nile.