Thursday, April 30, 2009


Teru is one of the 29 woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 4, Teru is bordered on the south by Aura, on the southwest by Gulina, on the west by Yalo, and on the north and east by the Administrative Zone 2. Information is lacking on the towns of this woreda.

There are two rivers in this woreda, the Awra and Megale, but as of 2004, they have "changed their course and ... [their] water disappears in deep cracks in the ground". Deforestation is a problem in Teru. There are two roads in the woreda, but both are in poor condition.[1] The tallest point in Teru is the dormant volcano Mount Dabbahu.

Education in Teru consists of 4 schools, where the first four grades are taught; there are a total of 304 students of whom 22 are female. There are a total of 10 teachers, 3 of whom teach in Afar. Of the 4 schools, 3 were constructed by Ethiopian Social Rehabilitation and Development Fund and one by the community.[1]

Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 43,794, of whom 19,969 were males and 23,825 were females. Information is not available for the area of Teru, so its population density cannot be calculated.[2]

On 29 September, 2005, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck Boyna and Dabbahu kebeles in Teru. Because this earthquake caused hot springs in the area to erupt with enormous clouds of steam, locals at first believed this was a volcanic eruption. The fault that moved was measured as being 35 kilometers long. No one was killed, but by 21 October 11,000 people were reported as having fled the affected areas and taking refuge in three camps.[3]

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ a b Afar Pastoralist Development Association, "Document of Afar Development Conference Aysaita, December 15-30, 2004" (accessed 13 January 2009)

  2. ^ CSA 2005 National Statistics, Table B.3. Rural population numbers are believed to be underreported for this woreda.

  3. ^ Statement on the current earthquake in central Afar Region, Update to the Teeru Earthquake, Afar Pastorialist Development Association

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