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.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has so far assisted 8,700 Syrian refugees after storm “Norma” and “Miriam” caused damage to informal settlement and substandard shelters in Lebanon.
The UAE Embassy in Lebanon has launched the second phase of the UAE Response Campaign for Displaced Syrians "Winter 2019 - Lebanon", to provide food supplies, blankets, heaters, clothing, and tents for a number of areas that have been severely affected by harsh weather conditions, especially the northern regions.
Hamad Saeed Sultan Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon, announced this today at a press conference, where he said that the campaign provides urgent assistance to displaced Syrians in Lebanon worth AED18.4 million (US$5 million).
As refugees and Lebanese households continue to be exposed to adverse weather conditions, partners respond to the needs of those who have been affected and are reinforcing preparedness and mitigation efforts.
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the Disaster
In the Arsal region in northeastern Lebanon, the camps where Syrian refugees were sheltered were completely covered by snow. Calls for help are rising from the area where the deaths by exposure can occur.
Arsal, the highest region of Lebanon with 2 thousand altitude, is the place where Syrian refugees densely live. People are having a hard time because of heavy snow and cold. The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) launched an immediate aid efforts for the refugee camp with a population of 35,000.
Food, blanket and diesel are urgently needed
17 January 2019, Damascus, Syria – The World Health Organization expresses severe concern about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Rukban settlement close to the border with Jordan, and calls for immediate access to the settlement to assess the health situation, provide essential medicines and medical supplies, and support the medical evacuation of critically ill patients.
Latacunga (Cotopaxi).- Un equipo técnico del Servicio Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos y Emergencias (SNGRE) se movilizó hasta el subtrópico de la provincia de Cotopaxi para evaluar daños y necesidades de la población afectada en los cantones La Maná y Pangua a causa de las lluvias.
In mid December intercommunal clashes between people of Banunu and Batende ethnicities in Yumbi territory (Mai-Ndombe) left almost 900 people dead and some 465 houses and buildings destroyed. Around 24,000 people fled to neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville. The new refugee influx places additional pressure on the 10,000 members of the host community already in need of humanitarian assistance. The renewed violence is believed to be related to tensions surrounding the recent election process.
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
- Strong wind, heavy rain, and snow has been affecting Lebanon, causing flash floods that resulted in casualties and damage.
- As of 17 January at 8.00 UTC, media report that two people have died (one in Sidon District and one in Tyre District, southern Lebanon), one person is missing and nine people have been injured due to storm related events.
- Humanitarian agencies supported by DG ECHO are responding to acute emergency needs resulting from the storm.
In early January, Lebanon was hit by the Norma storm, causing heavy rains and snowfall, creating difficulties for Syrian refugees. Unprecedented flooding has affected more than 50,000 refugees living in tents, in some 850 informal settlements across Lebanon.
In the space of just two weeks, storms ‘Norma’ and ‘Miriam’ have brought torrential rain, freezing winds and snow to Lebanon, leaving Syrian refugee settlements under flood water. Concern has been providing vital support to vulnerable families.
Harshest winter in years
Las lluvias empujaron a 10 alcaldías a declararse en estado de emergencia. Por la intensidad de las lluvias y la crecida del caudal de ríos advierten de inundaciones. El Gobierno dispondrá de al menos Bs 50 millones para afrontar la época de lluvias que hasta el momento dejó 1.388 familias damnificadas, casas colapsadas y cultivos anegados en diferentes regiones de Bolivia.
De acuerdo al último relevamiento permanecen 2420 personas desplazadas en todo el país. De ese total, 909 son evacuadas y 1511 autoevacuadas.
El Servicio Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos y Emergencias (SNGRE) trabaja coordinadamente con las instituciones del Sistema Nacional Descentralizado de Gestión de Riesgos para la implementación de acciones de respuesta y planes de contingencia ante la época lluviosa en diferentes territorios del país; cabe destacar que el nivel de emergencia en la provincia de Los Ríos se determinó como nivel 2, con moderada complejidad.
De acuerdo al último relevamiento permanecen 2326 personas desplazadas en todo el país. De ese total, 995 son evacuadas y 1331 autoevacuadas.
BEIRUT, 16 January 2019 – Devastation generated by the latest storms across Lebanon have left vulnerable children relocated and in need of protection and warmth, with refugee children especially affected. UNICEF, working with partners, and in close coordination with UNHCR, other UN agencies and the government of Lebanon, started immediate response last week to meet the needs of the affected children and their families.
Geneva, Switzerland - At least 15 Syrian displaced children, 13 under the age of one, have died in the past few weeks due to extreme cold, harsh living conditions, and lack of access to medical care. According to the UN, at least eight of those deaths are of children in the Rukban camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border.