Rainstorms and snow deepen displaced suffering in northern Syria
Syrian Response Coordination Group said on Wednesday that the displaced people are facing poor humanitarian conditions in the camps, with a significant drop in temperatures and snowfall in several areas in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
The Group indicated that the humanitarian organizations are unable to provide the necessary humanitarian support to the displaced in Idlib, after most of the camps were partially or completely damaged.
On Wednesday morning, Civil Defense rescuing teams headed to one of the squatter camps located near the town of Sarmada, north of Idlib, on the Syrian-Turkish border, after a large swamp of water cut off some of the tents and damaged others.
The rainstorm from past 48 hours has flooded more than 145 camps within the rural areas of Idlib and Aleppo, destroying 278 tents and partially damaging 513 other, as well as extensive damage to over 8 kilometers of roads within the camps and its surroundings, according to the Response Coordination Group.
Storms and heavy rains have affected thousands of displaced Syrians living in camps throughout the country’s northwest.
Children’s advocacy group Save The Children says that more than 40,000 people have been affected by the recent storm.
More than 2,500 tents have been destroyed or damaged by the storm across 62 camps, according to AP.
Save The Children also said that a 6-year-old boy has died.
“It’s a very tragic situation. The roads are closed off as a result of this situation. There is a lack of clean water and the medical situation is horrible,” said Abu Mahmoud, the Head of Kafr Arrouq-Al Amin camp in Idlib.
The nearest hospital is a kilometre away down flooded roads.