Flooding Ravages IDP Camps in Northern Syria

Civilians, who fled the attacks of Assad Regime and its supporters in northwestern Syria, are now struggling with harsh weather conditions as many refugee camps are flooded. (Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

In the midst of economic hardships and the solemn observance of Ramadan, Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in northern Syria face an additional crisis as heavy rains and storms lash the region, causing devastating floods. The recent downpours over the last few days have submerged numerous tents in various IDP camps, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation.

According to reports from the Syrian Civil Defense, commonly known as the White Helmets, the Anfal and Zamzam 2 camps in the Atma region, north of Idlib, witnessed the flooding of more than 37 tents due to the overflow of waterways triggered by the heavy rains on Thursday, March 21. Similarly, in the Al-Nadi camp in Jindires, northwest of Aleppo, 10 tents were partially damaged as rainwater accumulated and flooded the area, posing significant challenges to the displaced population.

The White Helmets further reported damage in the Al-Sayyala and Al-Muhsin camps in the Batbu area, north of Idlib, where more than 11 tents suffered from leaks and flooding due to the relentless rainfall. Additionally, in the Al-Mughassila camp in the town of Ram Hamdan, north of Idlib, seven tents were completely destroyed, and 15 others were partially damaged, leaving the inhabitants in precarious conditions.

Responding swiftly to the crisis, the White Helmets deployed teams to the affected areas, working tirelessly to open water drainage channels and provide assistance to those impacted by the floods. Their efforts included the removal of accumulated water from the camps and the mitigation of further damage to the tents.

The timing of these floods adds to the distress of the affected populations, coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection for Muslims worldwide. For the displaced individuals in these camps, already grappling with displacement and economic hardships, the flooding represents yet another hurdle to overcome during this sacred month.

As families strive to observe Ramadan amidst the chaos caused by the floods, their ability to focus on worship and spiritual devotion is severely compromised by the need to address the immediate challenges of shelter, food, and safety. The destruction of homes and property further compounds the suffering of those already enduring immense hardships.


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