Recently, northwest Syria has been hit by heavy rains, snow and strong winds one after another, causing floods, destroying the tents of many Syrian refugees, leaving more than 20,000 refugees homeless.
The BBC reported on the 26th that the International Care Association (CARE), a non-governmental organization assisting Syria, said that in the opposition-controlled northern Idlib and western Aleppo governorate, refugee camps in 87 locations were flooded as a “Ze country”.
At present, the local temperature has dropped below 0°C, and many people have to hide in public buildings, and even homeless people are outdoors. It is reported that a child died because of the bad weather.
According to the Gulf Times of the United Arab Emirates on the 26th, the Qatar Red Star Moon launched an emergency operation on the same day to rescue Syrian refugees hit by floods.
In the first phase of the operation, the Qatar Red Star Moon will provide various humanitarian assistance worth 5 million Qatari rials (about 1.2 million USD) to 10,000 people.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, some 12.2 million Syrians have fled their homes, of which about 5.6 million have fled abroad, and about 6.6 million have been internally displaced in Syria.
Among the 1.5 million refugees in camps in northern Idlib and western Aleppo, women and children account for 80. %.
Sherine Ibrahim, head of the International Concern Society in Turkey, said that humanitarian organizations are rushing to Aleppo and Idlib to provide emergency relief to thousands of people who have lost their homes, but now that the roads to and from the affected areas are flooded, rescuers It is still difficult for personnel to get close to refugees.
Scheleen also fears that this situation will lead to an increase in the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus.
As of the 20th, health institutions in northwest Syria have reported a total of 20,000 confirmed cases and 379 deaths.
Sherin warned that refugees in northwest Syria do not have enough shelter and food shortages are worsening.
“They have little to do anything to protect themselves and their loved ones’ safety.”
A 60-year-old woman in the Idlib refugee camp who claimed to be called “Zanab” told Caring International: “The flood flood flooded into the tent where my grandson and my granddaughter lived and flooded the ground.
We can’t live there now. Look at our current situation! We had no blankets, no food, and no other daily necessities…”
Another man who called himself “Abu Ali” said that his family had not had clean drinking water for more than a week because rescue workers could not send water to the refugee camp.
At night, he also didn’t have dry clothes, mattresses and blankets to warm himself and his children.