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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

12 Oct 2020

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Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers in Lattakia are providing help to people affected by the recent wildfires. Credit: Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 12 October 2020

Syria: Coastal wildfires and response

Three people reportedly died, 79 others were injured and hospitalized, and as many as 25,000 people may have been displaced following dozens of recent wildfires in the coastal region in Lattakia, Tartous and Homs.

At least 156 wildfires were reported in the three governorates, with significant spread reported across several areas on 9 and 10 October. Local authorities said yesterday that all the fires had been contained but the risk of reignition remains in some areas.

Early estimates indicate that up to 140,000 people have been affected following damage and/or destruction of their homes and assets.

Severe damage is reported to electrical and water networks in Lattakia, and an estimated 5,000 hectares of agricultural land and 4,000 hectares of forested land have been destroyed.

Emergency impact assessments are ongoing, led by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which has deployed three ambulances in Lattakia and four mobile water tanks to support firefighting teams.

A mobile clinic is on standby and humanitarian partners are ready to provide emergency food assistance and core relief items.

OCHA is coordinating with authorities and humanitarian partners to develop a contingency response plan.