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3,500 Syria, Iraq refugees displaced again after rain wipes out their tents

December 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Syrian children walk in the mud after heavy rain fell at a refugee camp in Syria on 6 February 2016 [Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images]

Heavy rains have flooded and destroyed more than 602 tents displacing 3,500 Syria and Iraqi refugees in the Al-Sad refugee camp, in northeastern Syria.

Mohammed Yazan, a camp refugee originally from Deir Ez-Zor told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: “At first the residents thought the rain will not affect their tents, but when the rain continued, floods destroyed the tents.”

“The camp’s residents had to change their locations more than once to avoid the rain and floods,” he added.

Another camp resident, Mohammed Moaz said the Syrian Democratic Forces which control the area will relocate them to schools in the Shadadi area and other areas as a temporary measure until a more permanent solution is found.

“It is a desert area and we are not used to heavy rain,” he added.

Residents called for a temporary dam to be setup to force the water to flow away from the camp.

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