NRC's team is on the ground responding to the impact of storm Norma that hit Lebanon this winter. The field staff are distributing hygiene kits that include dshwashing liquid, laundary powder, bleach, toilet brush, sanitary pads, soap, bathing soap, hair shampoo, tooth paste, and tooth brush, that can help refugees cope with the harsh winter conditions.

Photo: Nadine Malli/NRC
Read caption “This year, we escaped to the schools to stay safe from floods. Our mattresses are damaged now, and we are unable to use them because they are drowned in wastewater," said Mohammad, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. Here he receive assistance from NRC. Photo: Nadine Malli/NRC

NRC assisted 8,700 across Lebanon

Roald Høvring|Published 18. Jan 2019
The Norwegian Refugee Council has so far assisted 8,700 Syrian refugees after storm “Norma” and “Miriam” caused damage to informal settlement and substandard shelters in Lebanon.

In the past days, we have assisted over 8,700 people who have been affected by heavy rain and snowfall distributing blankets, mattresses and other necessary hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, sanitary pads, and toothbrushes to replace what have been destroyed and enable refugees to keep their hygiene practices during the harsh weather conditions,” says Racha El Daoi, NRC Communication and Advocacy Manager in Lebanon.
 

 
The harsh weather conditions after storm "Norma" and “Miriam” caused damage to infrastructure, roads and homes across Lebanon. Across the country, Syrian refugees have been evacuated to alternative options as informal tented settlements were flooded and many tents collapsed.

“Refugees in informal tented settlements are already living in marginalized conditions with poor drainage and flood defence infrastructure and with limited capacity to weatherproof their shelter properly. NRC’s emergency team is responding to the critical and urgent needs of refugees who have been affected by the winter storms sweeping over the country,” says El Daoi.
 

"Yesterday, we spent all the day removing the water from our tent, so we slept in our neighbors’ tent. We put all the mattresses, blankets, and carpets outside to dry them out, everything was wet," said Malak, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

Photo: Nadine Malli/NRC
Read caption "Yesterday, we spent all the day removing the water from our tent," said Malak, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. Photo: Nadine Malli/NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has provided an emergency response to affected populations to meet critical and urgent needs by distributing necessary items such as timber, plastic sheets, mattresses and blankets. So far, we have reached out to 8,700 individuals.
 

 
"Yesterday, we spent all the day removing the water from our tent, so we slept in our neighbours’ tent. We put all the mattresses, blankets, and carpets outside to dry them out, everything was wet," said Malak, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.
 

This winter, many families lost their tents, their temporary home. Mohammad, one of the refugees living in an informal tented settlement in South Lebanon was telling NRC how the stream had a devastating effect on his tent. “I lost everything, my personal belongings, my mattresses, the latrine, my water tank… I lost the one place I called home for the past two years.”

The NRC’s Shelter, WASH and ICLA teams were present in the field to assess the needs of the Syrian refugees in three informal tents settlements in South Lebanon. These sites were flooded and the tents were damaged. Families were not able to sleep; they had to leave their shelter.
the NRC field teams were active on the ground to distribute core relief items: shelter kits (mainly wooden timbers and tarpaulin), blankets and mattresses.

The legal team also provided counselling to affected refugees who lost their civil documents during the storm.

Photo: Ali Ibrahim/NRC
Read caption The NRC’s Shelter, WASH and ICLA teams were present in the field to assess the needs of the Syrian refugees in three informal tents settlements in South Lebanon. Photo: Ali Ibrahim/NRC

“The location of the informal tented settlement where we live is very low, every year when it rains our tents get flooded, we need our tents to be lifted. This year, we escaped to the schools to stay safe from floods. Our mattresses are damaged now, and we are unable to use them because they are drowned in wastewater," said Mohammad, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

Our emergency response has consisted of distributing shelter kits, hygiene kits, new arrival kits, desludging, pumping, graveling and referrals.

NRC response in #

Below are some facts and figures of our response:

  • 308 repair kits consisting of timber and tarpaulins
  • 32 kits for new arrivals which includes timber and tarpaulins for tents that have totally collapsed
  • 1385 tarpaulins
  • 502 blankets
  • 502 matrasses
  • 119 hygiene kits
  • 431 assessments
  • 797 referrals
NRC is dewatering informal tented settlements in Bekaa that were flooded after storm "Norma" hit Lebanon a few days ago causing damage to infrastructure, roads and homes across the country.  In some areas refugees have been forced to evacuate to alternative locations as tents have collapsed and informal tented settlements have flooded due to the heavy rain and snowfall. Photo: NRC WASH Team
Read caption NRC is therefore pumping floodwater out of sites and desludging the informal settlements to improve living conditions and improve accessibility for refugees. Photo: NRC/WASH Team

“I worry about my children and where to sleep while our tent is flooded, I couldn’t even send my children to school because of the floods. I don’t know where our belongings are anymore, we are lost. All I wish is to live in peace and provide my children with proper education, that’s all what I want," said Randa, 34, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon Bekaa valley.

In some areas refugees have been forced to evacuate to alternative locations as tents have collapsed and informal tented settlements have flooded due to the heavy rain and snowfall.

 “Flooding in the settlements and damage to tents have affected approximately 22,600 people in 574 sites, majority of them being women and children. NRC is therefore pumping floodwater out of sites and desludging the informal settlements to improve living conditions and improve accessibility for refugees. We are also distributing timber, tarpaulins and gravel to repair damaged settlements and tents,” says El Daoi.