The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Floods in NW Syria | Nearly 1,000 tents and over 150 camps damaged in 72 hours

At a time when sufferings of displaced people in refugee camps in north-western Syria region renew every winter, rain storms come to uncover the poor planning on construction of these camps and the misuse of funds provided to humanitarian organizations there.


Meanwhile, refugees camps are struggling with disastrous humanitarian situations, after many have been turned into ponds, while tens of these camps inhabitants have become homeless.


Moreover, the heavy rain has damaged camps made of cement with plastic roofs, as floods have swept away six cement blocks in “Othman Ibn Affan” camp in the north of Killi town in Idlib countryside where nearly 180 families, mostly from the southern countryside of Idlib, live.


SOHR activists have reported that the number of tents which have been flooded and damaged due to these heavy rain in the past 72 hours has approximated 1,000 tents in more than 150 refugee camps, including camps in Deir Hassan, Sarmada, Al-Dana, Atma, Um Jarn, Kafr Arouq, Kelli, Qah, Ma’ar Shorin, Zardana, Al-Halazouna, Tiba, Kafr Yahmoul, Al-Diyaa, Tal Al-Daman, Babsaqa, Al-Iba’a, Al-Nour, Halab al-Shehaba, Batbo, Halab camp near Darkoush, Kherbet Al-Juz, Ahl Al-Izz, Othman Ibn Affan and other camps north of Idlib and western Aleppo.


SOHR sources had said that inhabitants of the camps of Harbanoush, Al-Fardous and Sheikh Bahr in Idlib countryside, sent out a distress call to humanitarian and relief organizations after floods devastated a number of their tents, caused damage to many of them and displaced their inhabitants, as bad weather and heavy rain continued.


The Syrian Observatory appeals to all organizations concerned and the international community to provide urgent support for the displaced people, including heating materials, clothing, food and medical supplies, and help them to face of the natural factors, which deepen their suffering especially with the bad weather and freezing cold every winter.