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12 Jan 2019 description

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 flooding, strong winds, erosion or snowfall. This situation reports highlights the impact of the storm on Syrian refugees, the response that followed and preperations for the upcoming storm on Sunday 13 January

11 Jan 2019 description

One dead and more than 11,000 affected by days of heavy rain and high winds from Storm Norma, with hundreds of refugees forced to abandon their homes.

By Edith Champagne and Houssam
Hariri in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon | 11 January 2019 |

Syrian refugee Juriya Ramadan wades through the murky, ankle-deep water that inundated her shelter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley three nights ago, carrying her barefooted son across the freezing deluge.

11 Jan 2019 description

Heavy rains, strong winds and cold temperatures caused by storm Norma, which hit Lebanon on 8 January, have severely affected over 11,300 Syrian refugees, including 6,000 children, in more than 360 settlement sites. The makeshift housing arrangements are not adequate to deal with the harsh conditions (UNHCR 10/1/2019; Middle East Eye 9/1/2019).

11 Jan 2019 description
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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned by reports of mounting civilian casualties – including many women and children – and large-scale civilian displacement amid renewed fighting in the Hajin enclave in Deir-ez-Zor governorate in the east of Syria. Over the past six months, clashes and airstrikes in southeast part of the governorate forced about 25,000 people to flee.

11 Jan 2019 description

Amjad Yamin | Published 10. Jan 2019

LEBANON: "Syrian refugees in Lebanon evacuated dozens of settlements after the winter storm "Norma" brought flooding, snowfall and freezing rain across the country," says Giovanni Rizzo, NRC’s Area Manager in Bekaa, Lebanon.

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.

11 Jan 2019 description
report UN News Service

Les réfugiés syriens au Liban vivent dans une « situation précaire » et sont plus vulnérables que jamais, a alerté jeudi un haut-responsable des Nations Unies.

« Le Liban a le pourcentage le plus élevé de réfugiés dans le monde. Dans ce pays, une personne sur quatre qui y vit est déplacée. Plus de la moitié vivent dans l’extrême pauvreté », a déclaré Philippe Lazzarini, le Coordonnateur spécial adjoint de l’ONU pour le Liban lors d’une conférence de presse à Genève.

10 Jan 2019 description

By Medical Teams International

PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 10, 2019) – A powerful winter storm of heavy rain and snow has damaged homes and displaced Syrian war refugees living in Lebanon’s informal settlements.

In response to the extreme-weather conditions, Medical Teams International has mobilized its network of refugee health volunteers to monitor the well-being of the refugee population, many of whom have been forced from their makeshift homes by rising flood waters and wind damage.

10 Jan 2019 description
report UN News Service

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Philippe Lazzarini, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, said that refugees had been moved from shelters - including in the exposed Bekaa valley where wintery conditions are especially acute - to safer facilities, after Storm Norma hit at the weekend.

“Some of the settlements have been completely flooded, very cold, it’s extremely inclement conditions, and to describe daily life, it’s just miserable,” he said.

10 Jan 2019 description

The Red Cross Red Crescent across the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East have been helping people prepare for and cope with damaging extreme seasonal-weather – ranging from extreme cold and snow to storms and flash floods.

Most recently the ICRC in Lebanon yesterday tweeted that Storm Norma had left almost 600 Syrian refugee families in Aarsal, in the north-east of the country, one of the worst affected areas, without bread or fuel for heating.

10 Jan 2019 description

Lebanon started feeling the eects of a heavy storm on Sunday 6 January 2019. Heavy rain, high winds and colder temperatures were reported all over Lebanon. Some regions were aected by either oodings, erosions or heavy snow. This situation reports highlights the impact of the storm on Syrian refugees and response that followed

AFFECTED POPULATION

  • 850 Settlements at risk of extreme weather

  • 70,000 Refugees at risk

  • 39,900 of them are Children

  • 361 Sites Affected

10 Jan 2019 description

Lebanon started feeling the eects of a heavy storm on Sunday 6 January 2019. Heavy rain, high winds and colder temperatures were reported all over Lebanon. Some regions were aected by either oodings, erosions or heavy snow. This situation reports highlights the impact of the storm on Syrian refugees and response that followed.

AFFECTED POPULATION

10 Jan 2019 description

Lebanon started feeling the eects of a heavy storm on Sunday 6 January 2019. Heavy rain, high winds and colder temperatures were reported all over Lebanon. Some regions were aected by either oodings, erosions or heavy snow. This situation reports highlights the impact of the storm on Syrian refugees and response that followed.

AFFECTED POPULATION

10 Jan 2019 description
report Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity (QC) provided emergency relief aid to thousands of Syrian refugees in the Arsal camp, who are affected by the Storm Norma that hit their camp in Lebanon, benefiting 17,000 affected people during the past two days of the storm.

The relief team managed to reach the camp, despite difficulties due to the accumulated snow, heavy rain and violent winds and distributed assistance as part of QC’s winter campaign entitled “Below Zero”.

10 Jan 2019 description
report Save the Children

B-roll, interviews and photographs from flooded camps in Idlib are available here

  • Tents and food supplies washed away in heavy rains, leaving thousands to face winter without shelter.

  • Flooding traps families in camps and forces schools to close.

  • Renewed clashes and increased violence in Idlib are impeding the humanitarian relief efforts.

09 Jan 2019 description

By Rana Sidani Cassou

More than 300 Lebanese Red Cross volunteers and staff have been working round the clock to protect people from the rain and snow of Storm Norma, performing nearly 600 rescue missions – and delivering two beautiful, healthy babies inside ambulances.

The Red Cross rescue missions have taken place all over Lebanon and have included emergency response support following 49 road accidents with one CPR.

09 Jan 2019 description

70,000 refugees living in informal settlements are at risk of extreme weather:

33,000 living in areas with risk of flooding.

3,600 will experience heavy snow in the coming 72 hours (over 50cm of snow).

35,000 are living on high altitudes above 1,100 meters and will face extreme cold.

09 Jan 2019 description

70,000 refugees living in informal settlements are at risk of extreme weather:

33,000 living in areas with risk of flooding.

3,600 will experience heavy snow in the coming 72 hours (over 50cm of snow).

35,000 are living on high altitudes above 1,100 meters and will face extreme cold.

08 Jan 2019 description

January 8, 2019: The snowstorm “Norma” is battering North Eastern Lebanon with heavy snow, rain and strong winds affecting nearly 250,000 refugees. Hundreds of refugee camps and settlements in the area from the Akkar Plain to Bekaa Valley have been devastated by the storm. The camps house thousands of Syrian refugees in little more than tents and improvised wooden structures. UNHCR reported 70% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live below the poverty line and 41% have precarious and unsafe housing .

04 Jan 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Nearly 10,000 children fleeing floods in the area

AMMAN, 3 January 2019 – Children continue to pay the heaviest price due to the escalation in violence in northwest Syria. UNICEF received alarming reports of 80 people killed, including one child.

Many families are fleeing their homes as conflict intensifies, with no place to go but to already overcrowded camps hosting displaced families.

31 Dec 2018 description
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December 31st, 2018 ― Doha: 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.