About 48 IDP Camps west of Idlib governorate damaged by blizzard that hit the region in the early hours of January 26

A blizzard hit IDP camps west of Idlib governorate in the early hours of January 26, 2022, causing severe damage to around 48 camps in the western suburbs of Idlib governorate, with the snow blocking the road to several camps in the area, including those in al Zouf and Kherbet al Jouz near the Turkish-Syrian borders.
SNHR stresses that the extreme weather conditions are having a severe impact on the lives of the IDPs and forcibly displaced people, especially the residents of dozens of haphazardly erected tents and camps in northwest Syria, the vast majority of which lack the required infrastructure to withstand the effects of these weather conditions.
SNHR calls on international relief organizations, including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to urgently respond to the crisis caused by the rainstorms and blizzards by providing alternative residential units, protective covering, and heating materials for the displaced, as well as helping to excavate channels for rainwater as an emergency measure to drain it from inside the camps.

Exclusive image for SNHR shows piles of snow surrounding IDPs’ tents in a camp in al Zouf region west of Idlib.

Exclusive image for SNHR shows piles of snow surrounding IDPs’ tents in a camp in west of Idlib 26-1-2022

Exclusive image for SNHR shows a tent collapsed under the weight of snow in an IDP camp in al Zouf region west of Idlib after a blizzard.

A tent collapsed under the weight of snow in an IDP camp in west of Idlib after a blizzard 26-1-2022