The Syrian Interim Government (SIG) held a meeting to support the displaced people living in camps in northern Syria who are suffering dire humanitarian conditions in the wake of the storms and flash flooding that have hit the area recently.
The meeting, which was held at SIG headquarters in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo, brought together SIG’s Head Jawad Abu Hatab and representatives of local councils, civil groups, humanitarian organizations, and the Syrian Islamic Council.
Abu Hatab said that the meeting was aimed at putting a team together whose task will be to coordinate the provision of aid to the internally displaced persons living in camps in northern Syria as part of the “solidarity campaign with our people in the IDP camps.”
Abu Hatab pointed out that “the disaster in the IDP camps in the north is dreadful, which requires cooperation among all sides to address the situation and provide urgent assistance to the IDPs, especially in these harsh winter conditions.”
IDP camps in northern Syria are home to more than 120,000 households, Abu Hatab said, calling on the United Nations and international organizations to provide urgent assistance and help the IDPs repair their tents and shelters which were destroyed in the storms. He stressed the need to develop a comprehensive plan to find a sustainable solution through the building of houses ensuring a decent life for the displaced people. He noted that the IDPs’ needs are beyond the ability of SIG and local councils.
IDP camps inside Syria and refugee camps in Lebanon were badly affected by the snowstorms and torrential rain that have swept the region recently.
More than 17 IDP camps in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces have been affected by torrential rain and flash flooding, according to the Emergency Response Coordinators in Northern Syria.
Many tents were flooded, while the torrential rain caused mudslides inside some of these camps, forcing thousands of households to leave their tents and live in less affected areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)