Refugees caught in heavy snow as winter storm hits Lebanon
Displaced children from Syria living in flimsy tents at high altitudes have been struggling to cope - and even survive - as winter brings unrelenting freezing winds, heavy rains, and snow to Lebanon
A fierce winter storm has brought freezing temperatures to Lebanon’s Bekaa valley where hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians live. Displaced children from Syria living in flimsy makeshift tents at high altitudes have been struggling to cope - and even survive - as the winter storm Zina brought unrelenting freezing winds, heavy rains, and snow to Lebanon.
UNICEF and its NGO partners have been distributing pre-positioned winter clothes for children, blankets, tarpaulins, and high energy biscuits to 75,000 Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestine refugee children in the most affected areas. Emergency mobile health teams, alongside the continuing Mobile Medical Units have treated over 1,600 patients in the informal settlements.
More than one million refugees, displaced from the fighting in Syria, are bracing for another long, cold winter in Lebanon. To help girls and boys stay warm, UNICEF is distributing winter clothing kits to over 100,000 children in all informal settlements across the country, putting a priority on those who live in high-altitude areas in the north and in the Bekaa Valley, where temperatures often drop below zero.