The Syrian Civil Defense has reported that with each rainfall in the northwestern regions of Syria, the annual suffering is renewed, and the gap in humanitarian needs widens amid a catastrophic reality that the people in liberated areas have endured for over 12 years.
According to the Civil Defense’s report, torrential rain and strong winds have damaged 22 internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in 10 villages and towns in northwestern Syria. The number of tents sustaining partial and total damage has reached 140, affecting temporary homes inhabited by more than 200 households.
The report highlights that the majority of the affected camps are situated in the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo. These include camps such as Al-Nasr, Al-Jisr, Ali bin Abi Talib, Shamarin, Al-Qadi, Zughra, Al-Kusa village cluster, Al-Waha, Al-Jabal, Ataa residential complex, New Zughra, and Shafak. In Idlib countryside, damage occurred in the IDP camps of Zamzam, Al-Jeneina, Al-Arabiyah, Al-Hamzah, Al-Wadhihi, Al-Khayrat, Tal Al-Karama, Shahnaz, and Al-Baraka.
The report indicated that the impact of the floods this winter is expected to be disastrous, especially following the devastating earthquake on Feb 6. The earthquake worsened civilian suffering, forcing over 40,000 families to live in makeshift shelters due to the loss of their homes.
Naziha Akdeniz, a member of the political committee in the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), had previously warned of the potential recurrence of tragic incidents in the event of storms or the return of severe cold waves expected this winter. Akdeniz stressed the urgent need to accelerate assistance to displaced people in northern Syria, providing fuel, heating supplies, and necessary relief to all those in camps to help them cope with the extreme cold during the winter.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)