• Rain started falling in November, and snow and extremely cold weather arrived in December. These conditions will now continue through March and into April in some places.
• Some 840,000 refugees are dispersed in over 1,500 locations throughout Lebanon, with the majority (over 64%) in North Lebanon and the Bekaa. These two parts of the country experience harsh conditions with lower temperatures and snow in the mountainous parts (including the entire Bekaa Valley, which lies above 500 meters).
• Many refugees live in accommodation that is not properly sealed off from the elements (informal tented settlements – ITS, unfinished buildings, garages, work-sites and warehouses).
• The humanitarian community in Lebanon has three main objectives in its winterization programme: (a) shelter assistance, (b) the provision of necessary non-food items, such as blankets, clothes (especially for children – a need identified by refugees themselves through focus groups), and stoves for heating and (c) the provision of money for fuel (including to heat classrooms in order to promote attendance and comfort in schools during the winter months).
• Humanitarian partners are providing winterization assistance to more than half of all the refugees from Syria, as well as to Lebanese returnees and some vulnerable host community families.