The WELL-Dealt Emergency
had so many love names; "Haven of The Desert", "Little
Paris", "Diera"… etc. But now she is smashed by the
natural flood on August 5,2006. The name “Dire Dawa” comes from
the Oromifa words that describe one historic event. 'Dire' means
place and 'Dawa' means clash in the whole the "place of clash".
The city has the potential of 20 billion cubic meter of clean under
ground water. And its multi ethnic population is the beauty of the
Including the surrounding rural Kebeles Dire Dawa covers an area
of 128,802 square kilometer. Dire Dawa has a population of around
280,000. From these 73.6% of the people live in the urban area.
The settlement of the city is equally divided in to two by what
is traditionally called the Dechatu River.
This river basin does not have
any water flowing through it normally, but rather it is used as
path for the flood that occurs when there is heavy rain fall in
the highlands nearby. As Dire Dawa seats at a lowland area; she
receives the entire flood that is coming from the surrounding high
lands (especially in Kulubi and Haromaya). As a result of this,
the city is affected by such flood so many times. The 1981G.C.
(1973 E.C.) disastrous event can be mentioned as a major
instance of this. Yet, the damage done can not be compared with
the disaster at hand. This is so mainly because, this time, the
flood appeared when everyone was in deep sleep after mid- night.
It was in the weekends; on August
5 of 2006. This flood unexpectedly wrecked the city at 8AM. As it
was Saturday after-mid-night no one could coup up with their sleep.
The city Police made gun shoots and people were making noise to
awaken the asleep but it had little effect.
The existing information show
up to 220 people coupes were found, 300 people are reported missing
and 10,000 people are displaced from their homes. Many people were
physically injured and got help by Dil Chora Hospital.
Infrastructures were damaged
This unexpected flood distraction put the country
to full of disorders by human loss, economic distraction, infrastructure
damage, also by affecting the psychology of the people. Now in these
days, Dire Dawa is calling for help; every one of you please lend
your hand. The lives of many people depend on you.
There is sense of humanity in every soul. You
sure don't want to see people run out of home, starved by having
no food, shelter, water or medicine. However, these 10,000 people
are exposed to lead such life unless everyone does what he / she
a member of DDA
begin helping today!
What so ever it's
no little; drops of water can fill a cup.
The flood victims need your help. We appreciate you for being a
member; the people of Dire Dawa appreciates your help.
survivors cleaning their house
· Electric poles
· Water pipe lines
· Sewage and Drainage lines
· Market Centers
· Youth Center
· Women Market center
· Business enterprise
on People's lifes
225 found dead
· 300 are reported missing
people are displaced (now
live in tents in a consentration camp)
· Unestimated amount of wealth is
o Household fixture and furniture
can go to the photo
collections of the flood of
August 5, 2006.
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