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Basic information about Afar
The Afar Regional State (Afar: Qafar; Amharic: አፋር ክልል) is one of the nine regional states (kililoch) of Ethiopia, and is the homeland of the Afar people. Formerly known as Region 2, its new capital as of 2007 is the recently constructed city of Semera, which lies on the paved Awash–Assab highway. The Afar Triangle, the northern part of which is the Danakil Depression, is part of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, and is located in the north of the region. It has the lowest point in Ethiopia and one of the lowest in Africa. The southern part of the region consists of the valley of the Awash River, which empties into a string of lakes along the Ethiopian-Djibouti border. Other notable landmarks include the Awash and Yangudi Rassa National Parks.
Cities, towns & villages in Afar
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AsaitaAsaita (Amharic: አሳይታ? - Asayəta) also known as Aussa is a town in north-eastern Ethiopia, and before 2007 was the capital of the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Located in the Afambo woreda, part of the Region's Administrative Zone 1, the town has a latitude and longitude of 11°34′N 41°26′E / 11.567°N 41.433°E and an elevation of 300 metres (980 ft). Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, the town has an estimated total population of 22,718, of whom 12,722 were males and 9,996 were females. According to the 1994 national census, the town had a population of 15,475. Show Asaitaon the map
BerahileBerhale (also transliterated Berahle and Berahile) is a town in north-eastern Ethiopia. Located in the Administrative Zone 2 of the Afar Region, this town has a latitude and longitude of 13°51′N 40°01′E / 13.850°N 40.017°E with an altitude of 639 meters above sea level. It is the largest town in Berhale woreda. Records at the Nordic Africa Institute website provide details of a primary school in Berhale during the year 1968. Five British citizens and their Ethiopian guides were kidnapped 4 March 2007 after visiting Berhale. Show Berahileon the map
MilleMille is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. It is named for the Mille River, a tributary of the Awash River, which flows through this woreda. Part of the Administrative Zone 1, Mille is bordered on the south by the Administrative Zone 3, on the southwest by Administrative Zone 5, on the west by the Amhara Region, on the northwest by Chifra, on the northeast by Dubti, and on the southeast by the Somali Region. Towns in Mille include Mille and Eli Wuha. Show Milleon the map
SemeraSemera or Samera (Ge'ez: ሰመራ) is a new town on the Awash–Asseb highway in north-east Ethiopia, planned to replace Asaita as the capital of the Afar Region. Located in the Administrative Zone 1, Semera has a latitude and longitude of 11°47′32″N 41°0′31″E / 11.79222°N 41.00861°E. One of the completed buildings is Samara University Health science College, which began holding classes in 2007. The 2006 Lonely Planet guide to Ethiopia had this description of Semera: The area is served by Semera Airport, which has scheduled service to Addis Ababa. Show Semeraon the map
DubtiDubti is a town in north-east Ethiopia. Located in the Administrative Zone 1 of the Afar Region, this town has a latitude and longitude of 11°44′N 41°05′E / 11.733°N 41.083°E with an elevation of 378 meters above sea level. A UN-EUE mission, accompanied by two non-government organizations, surveying conditions in the Afar Region and visited Dubti 13 December 1995, at which time the town had one of two hospitals in Afar. While it offered the most advanced treatment in the Region, services available stopped short of surgery, providing only minor surgery under local anesthesia. Show Dubtion the map
MetekaMeteka is a town in north-eastern Ethiopia. Located in Administrative Zone 3 of the Afar Region, 30 kilometers south of Gewane, it has a latitude and longitude of 9°52′N 40°31′E / 9.867°N 40.517°E with an elevation of 628 meters above sea level. It is one of two towns in Gewane woreda. Meteka marks the southern boundary of the Meteka Wetlands, a marshy portion of the lowlands of the Awash River. Ten kilometers west of the town is Lake Hertali. Show Metekaon the map
FursīHadele Ele is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 5, Hadele Ele is located near the base of the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian highlands, and bordered on the south by Simurobi Gele'alo, on the west by the Amhara Region, on the north by Dalifage, on the northeast by the Borkana River which separates it from Dewe, and on the east by Administrative Zone 3. Information is lacking on the towns of this woreda. Show Fursīon the map
GewanēGewane is a town in north-eastern Ethiopia. Located in Administrative Zone 3 of the Afar Region, it has an elevation of 618 meters above sea level. Gewane is locally known as New Gewane, 2 kilometers east of the original settlement known as Old Gewane; the town was relocated astride the main, all-weather highway. It is the administrative center of Gewane woreda. Show Gewanēon the map
Āfambo Show Āfamboon the map
ĀwashAwash may refer to: \n* Awash, Ethiopia, town in Ethiopia \n* Awash River, river in Ethiopia \n* Awash National Park in Ethiopia Show Āwashon the map
States, regions, administrative units in Afar
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Simurobi Gele'aloSimurobi Gele'alo is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 5, Simurobi Gele'alo is located near the base of the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian highlands, and bordered on the west by the Amhara Region, on the north by Hadele Ele, and on the east and south by the Administrative Zone 3; the Awash River defines a part of the southern end of the eastern boundary of this woreda with Administrative Zone 3. The major settlement in this woreda is Kumame.Show on map
Bure MudaytuBure Mudaytu is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 3, Bure Mudaytu stretches along a narrow band covering the marshy lowlands along the Awash River, with the Administrative Zone 5 to the west and Gewane to the east. The administrative center of this woreda is Debel.Show on map
GulinaGulina is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 4, Gulina is located near the base of the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian highlands, and bordered on the south by Ewa, on the west by the Amhara Region, on the north by Yalo, on the northeast by Teru, and on the east by Aura. The administrative center of Gulina, and Zone 4, is Kelewina.Show on map
YaloYalo is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 4, Yalo is located at the base of the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian highlands, and bordered on the south by Gulina, on the west by the Tigray Region, on the north by the Administrative Zone 2, and on the east by Teru. The major town in Yalo is Dibina.Show on map
Inderta ĀwrajaEnderta is one of the woredas in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. It was named for the former Enderta province, which was later merged into Tigray Province. Located in the Debub Misraqawi (Southeastern) Zone at the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands Enderta is bordered on the south by Hintalo Wajirat, on the west by Samre, on the northwest by the Mehakelegnaw (Central) Zone, on the north by the Misraqawi (Eastern) Zone, and on the east by the Afar Region; the city and special zone of Mek'ele is an enclave within Enderta. Towns in Enderta include Aynalem and Qwiha; the historic village of Chalacot is also located in this woreda.Show on map
Afar RegionThe Afar Regional State (Afar: Qafar; Amharic: አፋር ክልል?) is one of the nine regional states (kililoch) of Ethiopia, and is the homeland of the Afar people. Formerly known as Region 2, its new capital as of 2007 is the recently constructed city of Semera, which lies on the paved Awash–Assab highway.Show on map
Administrative Zone 1Administrative Zone 1 (since May 2006 known as Awsi Rasu) is one of five Zones of the Afar Region of Ethiopia. This zone is bordered on the south by Administrative Zone 3, on the southwest by Administrative Zone 5, on the west by the Amhara Region, on the northwest by Administrative Zone 4, on the north by Administrative Zone 2, on the northeast by Eritrea, and on the east by Djibouti.Show on map
TelalakTelalak is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 5, Telalak is located near the base of the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian highlands, and bordered on the south by Dewe, on the west by the Amhara Region, on the north by the Administrative Zone 1, and on the east by the Administrative Zone 3. The largest settlement in this woreda is Namelafen.Show on map
Administrative Zone 2Prior to the adoption of the 1995 constitution, a portion of this Zone (particularly the northern part) was part of Tigray Province. As a result, a UNDP mission visiting the Zone described it as \"the most isolated zone of the Afar National Regional State\", at the time showing signs of \"suffered heavily from bombardment, as well as from general neglect. Much of the remaining infrastructure dates from the Haile Selassie era.\"Show on map
ChenaChena is one of the woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia. The name Chena comes from one of the provinces in the former Kingdom of Kaffa, whose administrative center had been at Wacha. Part of the Keffa Zone, Chena is bordered on the south by the Bench Maji Zone, on the west by Bita, on the north by Gewata, on the northeast by Ginbo, and on the east by Decha. Towns in Chena include Shishinda. Western kebeles of Chena were used to form Bita woreda.Show on map
Administrative Zone 3Administrative Zone 3 (since May 2006 known as Gabi Rasu) is one of five Zones of the Afar Region of Ethiopia. This zone is bordered on the south by the Oromia Region, on the southwest by the Amhara Region, on the west by the Administrative Zone 5, on the north by Administrative Zone 1, and on the east by the Somali Region. This Zone covers most of the territory of the former Gobaad sultanate. Towns include Awash and Gewane. Rivers include the Awash and Germama.Show on map
DubtiDubti is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 1, Dubti is bordered on the south by the Somali Region, on the southwest by Mille, on the west by Chifra, on the northwest by the Administrative Zone 4, on the north by Kori, on the northeast by Elidar, on the east by Asayita, and on the southeast by Afambo. Towns in Dubti include Dubti, Logiya, and Semera.Show on map
Administrative Zone 5Administrative Zone 5 (known since May 2006 as Hari Rasu) is one of five Zones of the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Stretching along the eastern base of the Ethiopian highlands, this Zone is bordered on the south and east by Administrative Zone 3, on the west by the Amhara Region, and on the north by Administrative Zone 1. This Zone covers most of the area governed by the Afar Sultanate of Dawe.Show on map
Administrative Zone 4Administrative Zone 4 (since May 2006 known as Fantena Rasu) is one of five Zones of the Afar Region of Ethiopia. This zone is bordered on the south and east by Administrative Zone 1, on the southwest by the Amhara Region, on the northwest by the Tigray Region, and on the north by Administrative Zone 2. The administrative center of the Zone is Kelewina; the largest town is Dibina.Show on map
Raya na K’obo ĀwrajaKobo is one of the woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Located in the northeast corner of the Semien Wollo Zone, Kobo is bordered on the south by the Logiya River which separates it from Habru and Guba Lafto, on the west by Gidan, on the north by Tigray Region, and on the east by the Afar Region. Towns in Kobo include Gobiye, Kobo and Robit (Kobo Robit).Show on map
AuraAura is one of the woredas in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Administrative Zone 4, Aura is bordered on the southwest by Ewa, on the west by Gulina, on the north by Teru, and on the east by Administrative Zone 1; the Logiya River defines part of its southeastern boundary. The largest settlement in Aura is Derayitu.Show on map
Lakes, rivers, streams and other bodies of water in Afar
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Lake AfreraLake Afrera (also transliterated as Lake Afdera) is a hypersaline lake in northern Ethiopia. Located in Administrative Zone 2 of the Afar Region, it is one of the lakes of the Danakil Depression. According to its entry in Lakenet, it has a surface area of 100 km2 (39 sq mi), although another source states the area is 12,500 hectares. An unconfirmed report gives its depth as 160 m (525 ft); the lake is fed by underground streams.Show on map
ĀsalēLake Karum (also known as Lake Assale or Asale) is a lake in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. One of two salt lakes in the northern end of the Danakil Depression (the other one being Lake Afrera), it lies at −115 m (−377 ft) below sea level. The volcano Erta Ale rises southwest of this lake. Werner Munzinger, who travelled through the Afar Depression in 1867, recorded that this lake was fed by four streams: the Didic, the Ala, the Rira Guddy, and the Ragali or Awra, which is the only permanent stream flowing into Lake Karum.Show on map
Ādobed Hāyk’Lake Bario is one of a chain of lakes into which the Awash River empties its waters. It is located at the eastern end of the Afar Region of Ethiopia, at 11°22′N 41°36′E / 11.367°N 41.600°E. Lake Bario lies in the middle of a swamp, through which it receives its inflow from Lake Afambo to the northeast. Its outflow is on its southern side, which circles around Mount Dama Ali to empty into Lake Abbe.Show on map
Āfambo Hāyk’Lake Afambo is one of a chain of lakes into which the Awash River empties its waters. It is located at the eastern end of the Afar Region of Ethiopia, at 11°25′N 41°41′E / 11.417°N 41.683°E.Show on map
Mountains, roads, land forms, forests and other objects in Afar
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Āyelu TeraraMount Ayalu (also spelled Ayelu) is an isolated, rhyolitic stratovolcano in eastern Ethiopia. Located in Administrative Zone 3 of the Afar Region, near the eastern bank of the Awash River, this mountain has a latitude and longitude of 10°5′N 40°42′E / 10.083°N 40.700°E and an altitude of 2145 meters.Show on map
AlaytaMount Alayta is a shield volcano in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Afar Triangle (Afar Depression), a highly active volcanic region which includes the adjacent Mount Afdera, this volcano covers an area of 2700 square kilometers southwest of Lake Afrera. A chain of younger craters are aligned along a north-northwest axis in the basaltic-to-trachytic shield along the east side of the shield volcano, which extends to the western flank of Mount Afdera. The Alayta Lavafeld covered by fresh lava streams was formed from a series of north-south fissures. In two areas on the southern side of the volcanic complex, fumaroles can be observed.Show on map
AluAlu is a system of volcanic fissures, located in Ethiopia. The fissures have produced silicic lava flows, and other fissures south of the volcano have been the source of huge youthful basaltic lava flows, which enlarge to the north as far as Lake Bakili. There is major fumarolic activity, located on parallel faults, some with 100-m uplifts. Alu, Erta Ale, Tat Ali and other Ethiopian Highlands are together known as the Danakil Alps.Show on map
Āfrēra TeraraAfdera is an isolated stratovolcano in northeastern Ethiopia, located at the intersection of three fault systems between the Erta Ale, Tat Ali, and Alayta mountain ranges. The volcano erupted lava from its western flanks June 1907. The flow was about five metres thick and was accompanied by seismic phenomena.Show on map
Irta’ālē Isate Gemora YeFelek’ebet GudgwadErta Ale (or Ertale or Irta'ale) is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia.Show on map
AsavyoAsavyo also known as Bara Ale is a large silicic stratovolcano in Ethiopia, which forms part of the Bidu Volcanic complex. It lies about 20km southwest from the Nabro and Mallahle volcanoes. Asavyo has a 12km wide caldera.Show on map
Dama AliMount Dama Ali is a 25km wide shield volcano in Ethiopia, on the shore of Lake AbbeShow on map