Heavy snowfall hits displaced communities in northern Syria – Flash Update #4 (as of 28 January 2022) – Syrian Arab Republic


Overview

Humanitarian partners are providing replacement tents, cash assistance for fuel and other essentials, emergency rations, road repairs and other winter aid after storms wreak havoc in the north of Syria.

Heavy snowfall fell on January 18-19 and January 25. At least 935 tents have been destroyed so far while 9,562 tents have been damaged. The snow has receded, but freezing overnight temperatures are a concern.

The Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster reports that 287 displacement sites have been affected in Idlib and Aleppo governorates. There have been 162 snowstorms, 111 floods and 14 strong winds in the camps, mainly in Afrin and Azaz districts in Aleppo and Harim district in Idlib since January 18.

Since the beginning of the year, 68 fires have been reported, causing 24 injuries and two deaths. Most of these fires started due to exposure to heating stoves. There were no confirmed casualties as a result of the snowfall.

The Emergency Roads Rehabilitation Committee receives daily alerts on roads affecting camps that require snow clearing and repairs to enable organizations to reach the sites. At this time, all public roads remain open. The Logistics Cluster anticipates flooding and road deterioration during snowmelt. Current budgets may not be sufficient. Heavy snow had led to the rescheduling of transhipment operations. Logistics partners and the United Nations Monitoring Mechanism (UNMM) remain on standby to accommodate schedule changes.

Schools are due to reopen on February 5 after a midterm break. A partner reported that four caravan-based schools in the Qah community of Dana sub-district in Idlib were slightly damaged. Schools should be repaired before the start of the second term.

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