Middle East: Floods and Cold Wave - Dec 2018Ongoing
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has responded to the heavy rain and subsequent floods in northern Syria, which affected thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in 22 camps across five towns of Idlib and Aleppo Governorates.
The bad weather damaged 2,214 tents inhabited by 2,329 households in Atme, Sarmada, Deir Hassan, Al-Dana, and Al-Bab.
In response, QRCS's representation mission in Gaziantep, Turkey, activated its disaster information center to manage the emergency response. It coordinates with United Nations agencies, as well as local and international relief providers, to monitor the movement of IDPs, evacuate the submerged camps, and secure transportation and shelter. (Qatar Red Crescent Society, Dec 31 2018)
Lebanon started feeling the effects of a heavy storm on Sunday 6 January 2019. Heavy rain, high winds and colder temperatures were reported all over Lebanon. Some regions were affected by either floodings, erosions or heavy snow. This situation reports highlights the impact of the storm on Syrian refugees and response that followed. 50,000 refugees living in around 850 informal settlements could be affected by floodings.
The impact of the storm ‘Norma’ has necessitated the activation of an extreme weather response over the weekend following referrals received and forecast indicating a drop in temperatures, with snowfall at lower altitudes. Assessment of damage is underway and response has started to affected areas. Extreme weather response is being coordinated by MoSA and UNHCR through the Inter-Agency coordination mechanism.
At minimum 66 informal settlements have been found heavily impacted by the flooding, 15 of which have been completely flooded or collapsed. Around 300 refugees have been relocated so far in the North and the Bekaa. No injuries or casualties have been reported to date. (UNHCR, 7 Jan 2018)
Storm "Norma" has caused damages to infrastructure, roads and homes across Lebanon, putting at least 70,000 refugees at risk, more than half of whom are children, based on the latest humanitarian update. "The storm has caused the collapse of many tents and flooding of several informal settlements to the points that refugees had to evacuate to alternative locations," says Giovanni Rizzo, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Area Manager in Bekaa. (NRC, 10 Jan 2019)
At least 700 Syrian refugees have been evacuated and 900 Syrian refugees are displaced by the impact of the storm (IFRC 9/1/2019; Syria Direct 9/1/2019;). Akkar, Baalbek-Hermel and Bekaa governorates are worst hit by heavy snowfall and flooding. Priority needs are shelter, winterisation kits including blankets, warm clothes, and heating fuel as well as health, WASH and food assistance. (ACAPS, 13 Jan 2019)
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Zahedan, Feb 4, IRNA – Six routes have been blocked after floods and torrential rains hit Sistan-Baluchestan Province, southeastern Iran, a local official said on Monday.
Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Director General for Crisis Management at Sistan-Baluchestan governor office Abdolrahman Shahnavazi said the maintenance forces are doing their best to reopen the routes.
Shahnavazi added that it is not possible to take any serious action until the flood waters subside.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced that its relief teams have implemented an urgent campaign to help the families affected by rain torrents that swept through some areas of Najaf governorate.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society ( IRCS ) is working to care and assist the affected and poor families as a result of the natural and unnatural disasters.
The teams of the IRCS in Babylon governorate have distributed food and relief assistance to more than 80 poor families after conducting a prior assessment in a number of areas in the governorate in order to know the numbers of the affected families and their needs, the distribution is going on in order to cover all the registered families.
TEHRAN, Jan, 30, 2019 (IRCS) _ In late January, heavy rain in some Iranian southern and western provinces triggered massive floods. Iranian Red Crescent provided emergency sheltering to over 800 flood-affected people in Khuzestan.
Since January 27, several provinces of the country have been impacted by flood caused by heavy rainfalls. The southwestern province of Khuzestan and the western province of Lorestan suffered from the damage, mostly in villages and agricultural areas.
On 26 December 2018, exceptionally heavy rainfall caused severe flash flooding in Idleb and Aleppo governorates in north-west Syria. This area has a high proportion of displaced people and concentration of camps and sites, making it a region with a notably large vulnerable population. Hundreds of tents were reportedly swept away and concrete houses in camps collapsed.
As a result of the flooding, thousands of people have been impacted.
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8454TH MEETING (AM)
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UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR, MARK LOWCOCK
New York, 30 January 2019
Thank you, Mr. President.
I would like to confirm that the Secretary-General welcomes the recent announcement by the Emir of Qatar to allocate $50 million to support Syrian refugees and displaced persons in the Middle East affected by the recent severe weather in the region. The Secretary-General is very grateful to the Emir and the people of Qatar for their generosity.
44,516 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 1,464,457m cash-based transfers made
US$ 136.0m six months (February - July 2019) net funding requirement
3.6 m people assisted in DECEMBER 2018
Imagine being a refugee. After escaping certain death in your home country, leaving behind everything including your identity, you now live in a ramshackle shanty with few rights. Years pass. You settle into a routine, holding tightly to the dream you’ll one day return to your former life.
Inform the overall humanitarian reponse to IDPs affected by the flooding in December in Idleb and Aleppo governorates, by providing a multi-sectoral rapid overview of the humanitarian needs for persons living in camps and sites in opposition-held areas.
The relief teams of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) have visited the affected families due to the floods in Dohuk governorate and they have provided relief, health and food assistance for them.
Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon are being supported to endure the harsh Winter weather
Syrian refugees living in informal camps in Lebanon are experiencing an incredibly hard Winter. After already fleeing the devastating war in Syria, these refugees are now enduring storms, flooding and snow. Yet local organisations are providing some hope, getting vital support to those in need.
TEHRAN, 19 Jan. (IRCS) _More than half of Iran’s provinces were impacted by snowstorm, flood, and inundation during the period between January 17 and 18, 2019. Volunteers of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) rendered relief services to over 6,000 affected people.