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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

21 Jan 2021

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An IDP camp in northern Aleppo, Syria, November 2020. © UNICEF

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 21 January 2021

Syria

Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc on vulnerable people throughout Syria. As of 21 January, flooding in the north-west has impacted nearly 22,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and resulted in one death and three injuries. In the north-west, 88 IDP sites were affected, and almost 1,400 tents were destroyed and another 2,700 tents were damaged. Heavy rainfalls have also impacted IDPs elsewhere in the country, including in southern rural Tartous, where families have been forced to relocate.

Across Syria, an estimated one in three of the 6.7 million IDPs lives in inadequate shelters, including damaged and unfinished buildings, and public buildings such as schools. Nearly 4 million people live in inadequate shelters in areas with high elevation and snowfall, including in Rural Damascus.

There have been ongoing efforts to meet needs brought on by winter. As of 1 January, partners have been able to reach more than 1.6 million people across Syria with support – including over 250,000 people in north-east Syria, 850,000 in north-west Syria and almost 500,000 in Government-held areas.

As USG Lowcock said in the Security Council yesterday, there are concerns that many vulnerable families would not be sufficiently prepared for winter this year. There continues to be a funding gap of US$24.5 million for winterization efforts for Syria. That would mean nearly 500,000 people would not be reached with winter assistance. Across the country, adequate shelter, heating solutions and fuel remain an urgent need.