Over 80,000 People Affected by Recent Floods in Northern Syria, IOM Partners Continue to Provide Relief

flood.response©IOMOcak2019Heavy rainfall in northwest Syria has caused severe flash flooding in northwest Syria affecting more than 80,000 people, according to recent data collected by the United Nations between 15-20 January. The flooding occurred in Idleb and Aleppo provinces where a high proportion of displaced people live in camps and displacement sites.

Populations living in this part of Syria are struggling to survive in an already volatile environment. The floods have swept away thousands of tents and caused concrete houses to collapse. Furthermore, one-quarter of the food stock in assessed locations was ruined in the flooding, causing many local shops and bakeries to close, increasing the price of the already limited food available.

After assessing 112,777 shelters – comprising tents and houses  – across  Idleb and Aleppo, IOM’s partner organizations found six per cent  (6,766 in total) to be completely destroyed and unlivable.

Over the past month, IOM’s partner organizations have been actively responding to the destruction by providing 21,161 emergency support items and services in 18 internally displaced person sites. This includes providing new replacement tents, insulating damaged tents, and providing personal hygiene items and supplies to affected communities.

IOM has provided tent insulation, replacement tents and grounds insulation for more than 3,500 affected households, with a further 750 tents pre-positioned in Syria for rapid response. Ground insulation is planned for an additional 4,200 tents in priority locations. 2,000 family tents are also available in emergency stock, ready to be deployed.

The flooding also further damaged roads, exacerbating already poor infrastructure conditions. As a result, less than 50 per cent of school-aged children in flood-affected areas have been able to get to their classes. Many schools which have remained open lack sufficient heaters and fuels to keep the classrooms warm enough for the students.

The assessment showed a critical need for winterization support, something IOM partners have been providing. This winter IOM plans to serve a total of more than 320,000 beneficiaries across northwestern Syria. These efforts include tent insulation and replacement, and distribution of winter clothing, blankets, and other items needed to alleviate the effects of harsh winter conditions.

Watch the video on IOM’s flood response efforts here.

For more information, please contact Lanna Walsh at IOM Turkey, Tel: +90 312 454 3048, Email: lwalsh@iom.int