Syria: Floods - Mar 2019Ongoing
Starting from 31 March, the heavy rains and the subsequent flooding in the Hasakah Governorate of Syria have affected an estimated 45,000 people, including people living in the internally displaced persons’ camps. The Hasakah Branch of SARC responded immediately to the floods, using regional emergency stocks, by providing 3,000 of the affected population with basic supplies, first aid and health care to the affected population in Tal Hamis, the most seriously affected district. (IFRC, 10 Apr 2019)
SARC, supported by the Movement partners, ICRC, is planning to request international assistance in the in the coming days to support work already being implemented by SARC. The plan is to cover immediate basic needs for three months.The operation will target the needs for 45,000 people in villages, towns and IDP camps that are not receiving humanitarian aid from other partners, noting the current focus from the international humanitarian community on the 73,000 IDPs in the Al Hol camp. (IFRC, 11 Apr 2019)
Heavy rains have caused the worst flooding in a decade across Syria’s Al Hasakeh region, where 118,000 people are facing near complete destruction of their homes and livelihoods. The majority of the affected population are internally displaced people who have fled conflict in Northern Syria and are receiving humanitarian assistance from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the only organization that has access to this part of the country. Several camps for internally displaced people have been heavily affected across the region, including some 40,000 people in Al Hol camp and approximately 86 million square metres of land have been submerged in flood waters, destroying crops and livestock. (IFRC, 17 Apr 2019)
Most read reports
- USAID: Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. 10 May 2019
- UNHCR: UNHCR Cross-Border Humanitarian Response Fact Sheet - Northwest Syria - March 2019. 15 May 2019
- OCHA: Syria Crisis: Northeast Syria Situation Report No. 31 (15 December 2018 – 31 March 2019) [EN/AR]. 29 Apr 2019
- IFRC: Syria: Floods Information bulletin # 2. 11 Apr 2019
- CCCM Cluster: Syria - IDP Situation Monitoring Initiative (ISMI): Monthly Overview of IDP Movements and Spontaneous Returns in north-west Syria, March 2019. 14 May 2019
14,120 Households assisted through UNHCR with core relief items and shelter material in 2019
70,720 Individuals reached through UNHCR with core relief items and shelter material in 2019
77 Trucks with UNHCR humanitarian supplies sent across the border in 2019
44,422 Individuals reached with protection services by UNHCR and partners in 2019
Summary of Findings
Communities assessed: 669
Total IDP arrivals: 92,942 (+11%)
Total IDP departures: 64,059 (-47%)
Total spontaneous returns (SRs): 6,764 (+50%)
• Attacks in northwestern Syria displace at least 179,600 people from April 29–May 9, damaging and destroying health care centers
• Relief organizations respond to emergency needs among 73,500 Al Hol camp residents as rate of arrivals decreases
• Approximately 10,900 people depart Rukban since late March
• Conflict kills at least 324 civilians across Syria in April
This report is produced by the OCHA Syria Crisis offices with the contribution of all sectors in the hubs and at the Whole of Syria (WoS) level. The Protection Section is attributed to the Protection Sector (Syria, NES cross-border and WoS). The situation overview covers the period from 15 December 2018 – 31 March 2019. The next report will be issued on or around 31 May.
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Damascus/Beirut/Geneva, 17 April 2019 – Heavy rains have caused the worst flooding in a decade across Syria’s Al Hasakeh region, where 118,000 people are facing near complete destruction of their homes and livelihoods.
The majority of the affected population are internally displaced people who have fled conflict in Northern Syria and are receiving humanitarian assistance from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the only organization that has access to this part of the country.
• In March, WFP dispatched food assistance for 3.1 million people across all 14 Syrian governorates.
This includes food assistance for some 251,000 people in 56 locations across hard-to-reach areas, and food assistance for 676,000 people via the cross-border operation from Turkey to areas not accessible from inside Syria.
• In March, the United Nations in Syria delivered critical humanitarian assistance, including WFP food, to some 50,000 people in Menbij town of Aleppo governorate.
This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 3.5 million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to deliver assistance and support to some 45,000 people for up to 6 months, with a focus on health (including psychosocial support), food, household relief items and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH).
This Information Bulletin # 2 is being issued in response to heavy flooding in the Hasakeh Governorate of Syria which has affected an estimated 118,000, including people living in camps for the internally displaced from recent conflicts. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) branch in Hasakeh has taken immediate steps to support the affected population.
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Syrian Red Crescent Society (SARC), with support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is considering a request for a Disaster Emergency Relief Fund (DREF) allocation based on the assessment findings
While responding to people affected by floods in southern rural Qamishli, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers of Hasakeh branch started distributing relief aid to the people affected by the stormy weather in Al-Hawl Camp on April 3rd, 2019. They have distributed them with 2.000 blankets, 1.500 mattresses, 500 canned food parcels, 100 plastic sheets and diapers for babies and adults provided by the ICRC. At the same time, the volunteers have installed additional 319 tents to shelter the people whose tents have been damaged.
- Heavy rainfall hit northern Syria over the weekend causing fatalities and flooding refugee camps.
- As of 4 April at 8.00 UTC, local media report two deaths in Al Hassakeh Province, while over 6 500 families across northern Syria have been affected. The Atma Camp (Idlib Province) was the most affected but several villages in Al Hassakeh Province have also been reportedly flooded.
- Moderate rainfall is forecast for Al Hassakeh Province in the next 24 hours.
Geneva, Switzerland - Over 6,500 families were affected by the flooding this past weekend in Northern Syria as tents were swept away, and personal belongings were destroyed by the torrential rainfall.
Many families were displaced again in search of a safe, dry place to live. The area was already overcrowded due to a recent influx of people escaping areas under bombardment.
The Atma Camp was the most affected; over 40% of the area was swept away. Thousands have lost everything. Exposure to illness has increased in the region.