New Arrivals – The number of refugees arriving in Dollo Ado has decreased and the situation is stabilizing. At the start of November the average number of new arrivals per day was 170, but by the end of the month the figures had reduced to only 240 refugees
per week. The total population of refugees currently stands at 137,639.
Heavy Rains – The rain in Dollo Ado is continuing to be a challenge. The airstrips from Addis Ababa to Dollo Ado were closed throughout the third week of November. The rain is causing difficulties for agencies to deliver services to the refugees. LWF was planning to install pumps and generators in the transit centre, but due to the heavy rain, it has been postponed.
Transit Centre – Close to 8,000 refugees were at the transit centre during the month
of November. Yet it was built for a maximum of 2000 refugees. LWF is responsible for water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion and during November conducted focus group discussion with refugee elders andwomen representatives on latrine allocation, stopping open defecation and plastic bag management. Regular hygiene and sanitation education on the use of hand washing facilities, environmental protection & latrine use were provided during meal hours.
Refugees who were transferred from the overcrowded transit and reception centres to the new camp at Bur Amino by the end of November were visibly relieved to leave the overcrowded camps behind.
Bur Amino Camp – The opening of this new camp, Bur Amino was delayed due to the rain and the rockiness of the soil. LWF has finished constructing three blocks of latrines at the new camp and by the end of November some 400 refugees were transferred to Bur Amino. Bur Amino is 26 km away from Dollo Ado and is planned to serve up to 80,000 refugees. LWF is responsible for providing water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion. So far some 901 refugees have been relocated to Bur Amino and WASH activities have started on 30th November.
Since the beginning of the year, Ethiopia has received more than 98,000 Somali refugees
fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland.
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