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White water torrent to die as nation gambles on huge Nile dam project

Climate change fears dampen hopes of power from tourist attraction


Six miles north of Lake Victoria, the Nile awakens, exploding into a cauldron of white water known as the Bujagali Falls. Offering some of the world’s most spectacular rafting, it is one of Uganda’s top attractions. Soon it will be destroyed.


After 13 years of seeing plans delayed by corruption allegations, financial strife, obdurate spirits and opposition from environmental groups, Uganda last week authorised an international consortium to begin a 30-metre-high dam across the Nile just below Bujagali Falls.


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