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UNICEF/JICA/Regional Government Joint DRS and WASH MIssion to Somali Region

Filtering tanks are filled with gravels inside one of 3 filtering tanks of a river intake construction by Shebele River in Yahas-Jamal Kebele in Somali region of Ethiopia 11 February 2014. In Somali Region water supply coverage is estimated at 59.7%, lower than the national average of 68.5%. The need for water supply normally increases in the dry season, especially at the time of drought such as in recent years. However, the technical and organizational capacity of the Somali Regional State Water Resources Development Bureau (SRWDB) the government agency responsible for water supply and facilities management in the region to satisfy the water supply need is not adequate to cope with the situation. Donor agencies and NGOs are making efforts to ameliorate the situation by constructing and repairing water supply facilities across the region, supplying water by water trucks during chronic shortages, but the supply is still significantly below the demand.

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