Syria: Floods Information bulletin

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

The situation

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.

SARC, supported by the Partner National Societies (PNSs) and ICRC, is planning further response that will focus on affected population that is not receiving humanitarian aid, noting the current focus from the international humanitarian community on the Al Hol Camp.

The larger response to the floods will require a scaled-up logistics response using supplies from the central warehouse in Tartous and will enable SARC to open 3 new emergency distribution points in the most affected areas in Al-Hasakah Governate. Recovery of livelihoods, especially in the agricultural sector, will be assessed and may be incorporated into the response plan following assessments and discussions with Movement partners, UN Agencies and I/NGOs.

According to weather forecast, heavy rains are expected to resume during 16-19 April. SARC and IFRC are currently working on an emergency plan of action and budget, which will be launched in the coming hours.