Updated: 1/3/2019 4:05:38 AM
Flash flooding, caused by unusually heavy rainfall, has forced over 12,000 people to abandon their homes in displaced camps in northern Syria in freezing conditions.
Updated: 12/30/2018 4:14:13 AM
“On December 26, an unusually heavy rainfall caused severe flash flooding in northern Syria,” read a statement from the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), a France-based coalition of non-governmental organizations. “Hundreds of tents were washed away in Atme, Dana, Sarmada and Qah in the northern countryside of Idlib.”
The statement says over 250,000 refugees have been affected by the flooding caused by two days of rain, and many shelters, food and water stocks have been ruined. They expect a “sharp rise in waterborne diseases as sewage overflows.”
Published Friday, December 28, 2018
Heavy rain in northern Syria is making life even harder for people displaced by the country's civil war.
Flooding caused by torrential downpours through Wednesday has hit refugee camps in the northwestern province of Idlib, leaving tents soaked with muddy water.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says floods have affected more than 10 camps, sweeping away tents and food.
It says the camps lack adequate drainage systems.
Footage taken at the flood-hit camps show people walking through knee-deep water and trying to prevent small children from getting wet.
Members of a local non-governmental organization say that about 250,000 people have been affected by the flooding.
They say people are enduring terrible conditions in the cold weather, and are calling on the international community to extend support.
Syria December Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Green