Dozens of IDPs camps damaged by a rainstorm in areas in northwestern Syria, February 1, 2023

On February 1, 2023, a rainstorm and heavy snowfall hit multiple areas in the suburbs of Idlib and Aleppo, as well as damaging dozens of tents in 49 IDP camps across northwestern Syria to varying degrees. In additions, torrents of rainwater formed in the lower areas, with the roads leading to IDPs camps closed off by the snow, flooding and/or mud.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) stresses that such extreme weather conditions have a severe negative impact on the lives of the IDPs, especially those living in dozens of IDP camps and irregular encampments in northwestern Syria, with the overwhelming majority of these lacking proper housing capable of withstanding such weather conditions.

SNHR calls on international relief organizations, including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, to respond urgently to help those affected by the severe weather conditions by securing alternative housings, blankets, and heating materials for the displaced, as well as opening channels to drain rainwater from the camps.

Dozens of IDPs camps damaged by a rainstorm in areas in northwestern Syria, February 1, 2023