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Jubba River

Location

The Jubba River is a river in southern Somalia. It begins at the border with Ethiopia where the Dawa and Ganale Dorya rivers meet and flows directly south to the Indian Ocean where it empties at the Goobweyn juncture. The total length of the Juba River is about 1,808 kilometres of which 804 kilometres lies in Ethiopia and 1,004 kilometres lies in Somalia

Tributaries

The Juba River has three main tributaries in its upper catchment in Ethiopia: Weyb, Genale and Dawa all of which flow south-eastwards.

Description

The Jubba River gives its name to the Somali administrative regions of Middle Jubba and Lower Jubba, as well as to the larger historical region of Jubaland. Jubba is the only river in the area with a reliable flow all year round. Although it is low from December to mid-April and from June to October

Wildlife

Native wild life include giraffes, cheetahs, lions, leopards, hyenas, buffalos, hippopotamus, crocodiles, oryx, gazelles, camels, ostriches, jackals and wild donkeys.

Vegetation

Mangrove forest

Importance of the river

  • The river act as a habitant of biodiversity
  • Provide water for irrigation
  • Jubba River Basin is an international river basin in the Horn of Africa occupied by Ethiopia and Somalia
  • The river gives its name to two Somali administrative regions