Floods in Syria affect thousands of refugees

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2021.-

People have lost the few properties they had, including food

🖊 EUROPA PRESS 📸 Mark Cutts


Flooding from heavy rains in northwestern Syria aggravates the situation of more than 67,000 internally displaced persons, who have seen their shelters destroyed and their belongings and food damaged, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned.

At least 196 camps in Idlib and Aleppo have been affected by last week's rains, as they have forced many of the roads leading to shelters, according to a UN communiqué, which states that reports number 67,600 people affected.

"Thousands of people have been temporarily relocated, many need shelter, food and support with non-food products immediately and in the long term," said the OCHA, to make it clear that the situation, accompanied by low temperatures, underscores the need for fuel, heating, winter clothing or blankets, as well as hygiene products.

The risk of fire is another concern in the camp, as, having not "sufficiently" prepared the place to withstand the harsh winter, the displaced can resort to mechanisms such as burning materials to keep warm.

In this regard, the OCHA recalled that in the last month there were 17 incidents of fires that destroyed 28 stores and left one deceased and seven injured.

Flooding thus worsens the situation of the civilian population that survives the conflict. "Continued hostilities, new and prolonged displacements, and sustained erosion of community resilience after a decade of conflict have left millions of people in desperate need of assistance," the office said.

Across Syria, an estimated 13 million people, more than 70 percent of the population, will need help by 2021.

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