Ganale Dorya River
|Ganale Dorya River|
Map of the Jubba/Shebelle drainage basin
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The Ganale Dorya River (also transliterated as Genale Dorya) is a perennial river in southeastern Ethiopia. Rising in the mountains east of Aleta Wendo, the Ganale flows south and east to join with the Dawa at the border with Somalia to become the Jubba. Tributaries include the Welmel, Weyib (also known as Gestro), Dumale, Doya, Hawas and the Hambala. The Del Verme Falls is a notable feature of its middle course.
According to materials published by the Ethiopian Central Statistical Agency, the Genale has a total length of 858 kilometres, of which 480 are inside that country. The Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources, describes the catchment area of the Ganale Dorya-Dawa river basin as 171,050 square kilometers in size, with an annual runoff of 5.80 billion cubic metres, and specific discharge of 1.2 litres a second per square kilometre. The catchment area is estimated as having the potential to irrigate 1070 square kilometres, and to generate 9270 gigawatt/hours.
The Genale Dorya is historically important because it served as the boundary between Sidamo and Bale Provinces. The confluence of the Ganale Dorya with the Dawa is notable as the starting point for the boundary between Ethiopia and Kenya to the west, and the starting point for the boundary between Ethiopia and Somalia to the east. The Battle of Genale Doria was fought to the south of its course.
- "Climate, 2008 National Statistics (Abstract)", Table A.1. Central Statistical Agency website (accessed 26 December 2009)
- "Water Sector Development Program: Main Report, Volume II", Ethiopia Ministry of Water Resources (2002), p. 12
- "Nature and Features of the Ethiopian River Basins: Table 6.1, Simple Parameters Indicating the Potential of the Basin", Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources (accessed 12 February 2009)
- See, for example, "Ethiopia – Kenya Boundary", U.S. State Department International Boundary Study, No. 152 – October 15, 1975
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