Syrian Refugees Bear the Brunt of Storm Norma

Syrian refugees are wading through snow and freezing water after Storm Norma hit Lebanon on January 6, slamming hundreds of makeshift settlements, Al Jazeera reported. An 8-year-old Syrian girl died after being swept away by floodwaters.

Over a million Syrian refugees are living in Lebanon, and as temperatures plummet, images of the dire conditions are circulating on social media, Middle East Eye reported.

“Refugee tents that provide shelters to entire families are collapsing due to the weight of the snow and the speed of the winds. Many people have died already,” MedGlobal tweeted alongside an image of a frozen building.

Norma’s toll adds to already fragile conditions. The country does not allow official refugee camps, forcing refugees to live in unprotected tents on flood-prone land.

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