“We are covering the children very tightly, but in the early morning it is freezing and at night it is cold too. Before it was not too cold, but when it started to snow it got very cold. When snow covers the tent we have to keep clearing it off. The children are getting sick,” explained the Syrian refugee.
She and her family have fled from Raqqa in Syria and are currently staying in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The space outside of their shelter is muddy, and water has seeped into their tent.
The family is one of thousands of vulnerable Syrian refugee families in Lebanon who have been badly affected by a severe snowstorm that recently hit parts of the Middle East. Those staying in the Bekaa Valley, where temperatures dropped well below zero and thick blankets of snow covered tents and shelters, have been particularly at risk.
NRC is distributing drainage kits, sandbags for latrines and septic tanks, plastic sheeting and wood, as well as floor-raising kits to several informal settlements in the area. NRC’s emergency teams in the border town of Arsal are also distributing plastic sheeting and timber, hundreds of mattresses and blankets, as well as shelter material for damaged tents.