Germama River

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The Germama (or Kasam) River is a tributary of the Awash River in Ethiopia. The name Germama comes from the Amharic word which means "frolicking", "boisterous", or "frisky".[1]

The Germama is not a navigable stream, and flows with a great volume during the rainy season. It rises west of Kese Koremash, flowing east to the Awash, its course delineating a few kilometers of the northern boundary of the Awash National Park. The lowlands of the upper Germama was the location of the former Shewan district of Bulga;[2] the lower course defines the northern boundary of the Shewan district of Menjar.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources began construction of a dam on the Germama in 2005, which would help irrigate areas along both sides of the river, and in the Dofen and Kebena Mountains.[3] In December 2008, a spokesman for the Ministry announced that the project was 98% complete.[4]

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  1. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia, Gena-Gerwane" (pdf) The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 30 December 2007)
  2. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia, Bua-Buotaro" (pdf) The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 30 December 2007)
  3. ^ "Kesem Tendaho Narrated Report", Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources website, published 19 June 2007 (accessed 14 July 2009)
  4. ^ "5b Brr. Kesem, Tendaho projects nearing completion: Ministry", Ethiopian News Agency (accessed 29 April 2009)