Snow Storm “Jana” hit Jordan between Thursday 19th February and Sunday 22nd February 2015. Low temperatures, freezing rain and snow have affected urban areas and the refugee camps, triggering emergency measures and contingency plans.
Robust contingency planning in the camps has meant that flooding, shelter and infrastructural damage was prevented or addressed quickly, with partner staff working throughout the weekend to bring services back to normal. In urban areas, UN agencies and NGOs have provided non-food items, targeted cash and vouchers and emergency shelter support.
All refugees in camps, or 100,000 people, have received tailored winterization support since November 2014. During the Jana storm, 135 individuals required use of UNICEF/Save the Children Emergency Shelters in Zaatari. This also reflects how the vast majority of the 84,000 refugees have now moved from tents to pre-fabs, with 1,200 caravans provided since January 2015. Over 5,742 cubic metres of melt water was removed by WASH partners between 20th and 21st February from Zaatari alone. WFP provided full deliveries of bread to both Zaatari and Azraq, while ensuring that e-vouchers were filled and the supermarkets were pre-stocked and open.
Over 151,468 individuals or 36,581 families have already been assisted in urban areas through winterization cash programmes and in-kind provision of gas heaters, cylinders and refill, mattresses, blankets and other non-food item since November 2014. For the same period, 218,000 blankets have been provided in urban areas and camps; while and over 21 million USD has been made available in cash assistance by over 15 partners as part of both winterization and regular cash assistance.