Awash River

Awash River

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The Awash River originates on the high plateau near Ginchi town west of Addis Ababa and flows along the Rift Valley into the Afar Triangle, and terminates in the saline Lake Abhe at the border with Djibouti. The total length of the main river course is some 1,200km.

The Awash River basin is one of the most important mechanized irrigation regions in Ethiopia.

In 1960, the Koka Dam was completed across the Awash River at a point about 75 kilometers from Addis Ababa, and with its opening became a major source of hydroelectric power in the area. The resulting freshwater lake, Lake Gelila (also known as the Koka Reservoir), has an area of about 180 square kilometers according to an article on Wikipedia.


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