Internal displacement | Heavy rain forces dozens of families to leave Atamah camp on border with Iskenderun
Reliable sources have informed SOHR that flows of civilians have been leaving Atamah camps on the Syrian borders with Iskenderun region in north Idlib countryside as dozens of tents and rudimentary houses have drowned in a water leakage due to the heavy rainfall in the region.
The rainfall has worsened the humanitarian crisis in the region and forced 95 percent of the displaced families to displace again, amid accusations of negligence by the organisations that supervise the sewage system in these camps.
Yesterday, SOHR sources reported that a sever low pressure weather front was hitting north-west Syria region, precisely areas in northern Idlib with the Syria border with Iskenderun region and northern countryside of Aleppo. Meteorologists had reported that the low pressure weather front will be accompanied by heavy rain and snow, and it will affect areas hosting camps from Salqin to Afrin.
Earlier, residents and refugee camps’ inhabitants in Atma town on the Syria-Turkey border called upon rescue teams to help them to open canals for draining the water which flooded tents in the following camps: Al-Majd 3, Shahshaboo, Al-Omar, Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed, Zamzam 2, Al-Ihsan 1, Saberoun.
Meanwhile, snow had been piled in camps in Afrin and Azaz, damaging several tents in the camps of Huri, Jabal Bulbul and Raju in Afrin countryside, as well as blocking the roads to these camps placing challenges to rescue teams attempting to reach there.
Snow also damaged several tents in Shamarin camps and Yaziba’ camp on the Syria-Turkey border, near Bab Al-Salama crossing. Meanwhile, inhabitants of refugee camps turned to set fire to rubber tires, attempting to melt snow piled on their tents.