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Abdullah al-Hujairi

Flooding strikes Syrian
camps in Arsal

Arsal flooding.
Arsal flooding.
Arsal flooding.
Arsal flooding.

ARSAL - Syrian refugee camps in Arsal were flooded Thursday after a torrential downfall that buffeted the area overnight Wednesday, leaving hundreds of refugees homeless.

 

“We were lucky this winter wasn’t as strong as it usually is in Lebanon, but this storm was devastating, and we weren’t expecting a storm in mid-April,” a Syrian refugee in the area told NOW.                                                   

 

“In the night we had half a meter of water inside our tent and couldn’t stay in it, so we spent the night along with many others outside with the cold while it was raining on us.”

 

“We got away at night and slept in our friend’s house, 34 people in the same house.”

 

According to residents of the camps, they did not get any help because the storm hit them at night after all relief organizations were closed, while in the morning it was impossible to get to them because of water.

 

Arsal’s deputy mayor Ahmad al-Fleeti told NOW: “We contacted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and they sent experts to help in case the rain continues, but it’s not enough.”

 

“Most of the tents were built in a hasty manner to house the refugees immediately.”

 

Fleeti also said: “Today’s rain exposes the corruption in the Lebanese cabinet, which did not allow camp sites with the minimum humane requirements.”

Arsal flooding.

In the night we had half a meter of water inside our tent and couldn’t stay in it, so we spent the night along with many others outside with the cold while it was raining on us/