Storm Norma Hits Camps in Lebanon
Storm Norma has hit Lebanon with heavy rains, snowfall and freezing temperatures. It has damaged several Syrian refugee camps in the country especially in the Bekaa valley and North. Thousands are in need of emergency assistance and many refugees had to spend the night standing up. Some families were stuck in the tents under the snow.
Many NGO's have opened their centers to host the families and launched campaigns to gather blankets, clothes, matteresses and money to rehabilitate the tents before the next storm hits next week.
The Smile and Olive Foundation UK has launched a crowdfunding campaigne to raise money and support its sister organization in Lebanon: Basmeh & Zeitooneh for Relief and Development.
The link to the campaigne: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanonbekaa
B&Z accommodated around 200 individuals on the night of Tuesday, and distributed the following core items:
Hot meals: 200
Bread bags: 120
After the storm our field team in the #bekaa valley, accompanied with an engineer, was assessing what can be done to mitigate the damage of flood before the upcoming storm next week. We are in the process of digging trenches around some camps to drain the water, and raising the level of tents a bit.
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