On Monday, the United Nations aid agencies warned that more than 120,000 Syrian people who have fled war in northern areas are struggling to survive weeks of torrential rains and heavy winds that have flooded and wreaked havoc on their campsites.
In a statement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA) said that the situation of those displaced citizens is catastrophic, adding that work is ongoing to reopen muddied, debris-filled roads to reach victims of this disaster with emergency relief.
On his part, the OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke reports heavy rains and strong winds have damaged or destroyed at least 21,700 tents that sheltered tens of thousands of people at about 300 sites. He says one child was killed and at least three people were injured.
“Many people who were already struggling to survive had their food stocks and household items and other possessions washed away, and water sources were contaminated,” he said. “In some cases, small children, the elderly, pregnant mothers and other vulnerable people were left stranded in remote areas in the mud, as temperatures dropped below zero.”
These victims are among 2.7 million people who fled fighting in Idlib and other parts of northwest Syria. In November, Russian-backed government forces intensified their military offensive in Idlib, the last major rebel-held stronghold in Syria. OCHA reports increased air strikes and ground fighting forced more than 235,000 people in Idlib to flee their homes between December 12 and 25.
Laerke said that international support is desperately needed and that thousands of people have been cut off from basic supplies and services for days.
“Humanitarian staff are now struggling to reopen access roads to reach the displaced in the northwest with emergency shelter, food, clean water and other supplies,” he said. “It is a massive undertaking, and the work will continue for months. So far, the international response has not matched the scale of the crisis.”
بوابتك العربية محرك بحث اخبارى و تخلي بوابتك العربية مسئوليتها الكاملة عن محتوي الخبر UN Warns 120 Thousand Syrians are in Grave Danger او الصور وانما تقع المسئولية علي الناشر الاصلي للخبر و المصدر صدى البلد كما يتحمل الناشر الاصلى حقوق النشر و وحقوق الملكية الفكرية للخبر .تم نقل هذا الخبر اوتوماتيكيا وفي حالة امتلاكك للخبر وتريد حذفة او تكذيبة يرجي الرجوع الي المصدر الاصلي للخبر اولا ثم مراسلتنا لحذف الخبر