Storms flooding brings misery to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Lebanon, which is host to nearly 950,000 Syrian refugees, is currently experiencing its harshest winter in years. 34% of Syrian refugees are living in non-residential and non-permanent structures. These homes are in no condition to withstand harsh winter conditions and families have been left devastated by the onslaught of two successive storms. Many homes have been badly hit by flooding. UNHCR has been working hard to help repair damage and provide emergency supplies to affected households.

Several days of high winds and heavy rain brought by Storms Norma and Miriam have led to flooding in towns and villages across Lebanon, which is host to nearly 950,000 Syrian refugees. More than 360 sites hosting 11,300 refugees have been affected, with a number of settlements including in Dalhamiya where Juriya lives becoming completely flooded, forcing hundreds of Syrians from their homes. The tents of the refugee camps are made of tarpaulin, corrugated iron, and wooden planks. The refugees try to prop up their shelters with extra fabrics and nylon, but little can protect them from extreme weather, a yearly occurrence in Lebanon.

UNHCR in Lebanon has launched an extreme weather response as thousands of refugees across the country are in need of supplies, food and temporary accommodation after refugee settlements in low lying areas flooded.