A Syrian refugee boy walks on a tube at the Fayda refugee camp in Zahle, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Regional ministry representatives and NGO workers converged at a three-day workshop that ended Thursday, in a bid to improve emergency infrastructure design to efficiently manage additional waste produced by the influx of Syrian refugees.President Michel Aoun Thursday told The Daily Star that Syrian refugees in the country had reached 1.86 million, although the official number of refugees registered with the U.N. agency in Lebanon is less than a million.According to the 2018 update of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020, a joint project between the Lebanese government and international partners, an estimated 960,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon need support in the "water sector," which also includes sanitation services and waste treatment.However, Lebanon's waste treatment was in a dismal state, even before the Syrian crisis, with only 8 percent of wastewater being treated, while the percentage reached 32 percent in the MENA region, the report said.
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