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Owen Falls

Owen Falls, on the Victoria Nile, SE Uganda, near Jinja, site of the Nalubaale Dam (formerly the Owen Falls Dam), completed 1954. The dam, which submerged the waterfall, controls the discharge from Lake Victoria (c.2 mi/3.2 km upstream) into the Nile basin and supplies hydroelectricity to Uganda and Kenya. The Kiira Dam, completed in 1999, is located .6 mi (1 km) downstream on a separate channel.

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