Intense Flooding Affects Over 6,500 Families In Syria
Over 6,500 families were affected by the flooding this past weekend in Northern Syria as tents were swept away, and personal belongings were destroyed by the torrential rainfall. Many families were displaced again in search of a safe, dry place to live. The area was already overcrowded due to a recent influx of people escaping areas under bombardment.
The Atma Camp was the most affected; over 40% of the area was swept away. Thousands have lost everything. Exposure to illness has increased in the region.
Dr. Hussam Al Fakir, Chairman of UOSSM International said, “The flooding this season has been terrible and combined with the overcrowding in the camps, is making a bad situation much worse. Many have lost what few personal possessions they had. These camps were meant to be temporary housing and lack what is needed for this climate. Thousands are in need of tents, blankets and ways to keep warm. We call on the international community to stand with these people and provide immediate humanitarian aid, assistance and necessities to those affected.”