ENVIRONMENT

After days of heavy rain, Egypt's Nile turns murky brown

  • The water of the Nile River appears murky brown in color due to the flooding in southern provinces, Beni Suef and Sohag south of the capital, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    The water of the Nile River appears murky brown in color due to the flooding in southern provinces, Beni Suef and Sohag south of the capital, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian fishermen park their boats on the Nile River, with the water appearing a murky brown color due to the flooding in southern provinces, Beni Suef and Sohag south of the capital, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egyptian fishermen park their boats on the Nile River, with the water appearing a murky brown color due to the flooding in southern provinces, Beni Suef and Sohag south of the capital, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Egyptian fisherman stands watching the Nile River as water appears a murky brown color due to the flooding in southern provinces, Beni Suef and Sohag south of the capital, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    An Egyptian fisherman stands watching the Nile River as water appears a murky brown color due to the flooding in southern provinces, Beni Suef and Sohag south of the capital, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptians this week have watched the Nile's water turn a murky brown-yellow color, the result of days of heavy rain in parts of the country and subsequent flooding that eroded the surface of lime hills and mountains and swept them into the waterway.

Officials say the murky water, now loaded with silt, has forced the closure of several main water stations. That has caused the disruption of water supplies in some areas.

Egypt, a mostly desert country of some 92 million, is almost entirely dependent on the Nile for agriculture and drinking water.

Experts warned against drinking tap water. Ahmed el-Shennawi, a water expert, told the Rotana Egypt TV network that "change of the color to yellow is a disaster and we should be cautious until water filtering takes place."