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Death of Ethiopia’s Grand Dam engineer sends shockwaves

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The project manager of Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was found dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Thursday sending shockwaves in the area, social media reports said.

Simegnew Bekele was the public face of the dam being built near the country's western border with Sudan that, when completed, will be Africa's largest.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate said Simegnew “has been found dead in his car at Meskel Square,” in the centre of Addis Ababa.

“The cause of his death is unknown,” Fana added. Reports indicate that police have opened investigations into the possible cause of death. The project is set to become Africa’s largest hydro dam with a capacity of 6,450 MW when completed.