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Syrian crisis costs Zarqa city JD2 million annually — mayor

By Petra - Jan 30,2014 - Last updated at Jan 30,2014

ZARQA — The annual cost of hosting Syrian refugees in Zarqa is estimated at JD2 million, Mayor Emad Momani told reporters on Thursday.

Momani said the city is home to about 100,000 Syrian refugees, urging donors to compensate the municipality for the extra expenses.

The increase in population has led to a 100 tonne increase in the amount of garbage collected by municipality workers every day, he added.

The deficit in the municipality’s budget has increased to over JD6 million for the past three years due to the refugee crisis, Momani noted.

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