New storms thrash Lebanon as Syrian refugees seek urgent help
Two new powerful storms have struck Lebanon over the past two weeks, inflicting massive damage and causing misery to millions.
The latest storm, called Windy, has been battering parts of Lebanon over the past few days. While storm Yohan, which engulfed the country last week, saw powerful winds and torrential weather wreak havoc, as snow clogged roads and shut schools.
Human Appeal has been on the ground since the onset of winter, providing emergency relief against the harsh winter. The charity’s most recent aid distributions saw about 32,000 Syrian refugees receive help through blankets, food and heating oil tanks. The distributions took place in Northern Bekaa (East Lebanon), Al Arkoub and Saida (South Lebanon).
However, the charity now says the need is greater than ever.
“The two storms that hit Lebanon were unbelievably damaging. We made huge progress over the winter months but recent weather has set the people back again. We are still there providing urgent aid, but we need more support to reach those most in need,” says Othman Moqbel, Human Appeal’s Chief Executive.
There are currently over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of whom are under the age of 18. Most of the children have very little opportunity for schooling, they sleep rough and suffer from deprivation.