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Syria: Shelter Monthly, November 2016, Issue No. 10


 With the intensification of military offensive in rebel-held Eastern Aleppo on 24th of November, more civilians were either displaced or remain trapped in besieged areas. The sector and partners have been conducting rapid assessment of possible shelter spaces to address potential massive influx of IDPs. As of 30th of November, assessment reveals that inadequate and insufficient shelter spaces are the biggest concerns of humanitarian actors and are becoming increasingly critical with the onset of winter season. Shelter facility in Jibreen is congested and more than 200 units still need complete rehabilitation. Furthermore, the cotton factory (Mahalej) with the capacity to house 6’000 (up to 10’000 in case of emergency) needs to be winterized, cleaned, and partitioned to properly accommodate the displaced persons. Due to deplorable living conditions, most of the IDPs who initially seeked refuge at the cotton factory left the area after 2-3 days to stay with their relatives or join other collective shelters in western Aleppo. The assessment further reveals that suitable shelter areas such as 1070, Ryade or newly regained neighbourhood need to be cleaned from rubble and remnants of explosives to be considered safe places. Moreover, inter-sector coordination is essential to ensure basic services such as running water, sanitation, sewage and electricity are provided.

 In November, the sector drafted Preparedness Plan for Ar-Raqqa to respond to potential displacements of an estimated 30,000 people in Al Hassakeh and 20,000 in Hama and/or Homs. Some partners stand ready to respond. Première Urgence International has been awaiting for approval from Homs governorate while Secours Islamique France requests funding and access to support in Al Hassakeh. Danish Refugee Council is finalizing their rehabilitation of Homs University, planned to accommodate at least 1,000 IDPs in January.

 Since January to November 2016, the sector has served 83,897 persons mostly benefitting from collective shelter upgrade and provision of emergency shelter kits. Rural Damascus, Aleppo and Homs are the most assisted governorates. To date, the sector has 20 active partners.

 The call for project proposals on the Online Project System under the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Syria, was completed. A total of 11 shelter projects were approved from Damascus Hub, including 3 Whole of Syria projects (4 UN, 6 INGO, 1 Local NGO). The sector targets 303,385 people in need of shelter for the year 2017. Majority of the targeted beneficiaries will be provided with rehabilitated emergency shelter spaces and emergency shelter materials. 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Original Publication Date: 
01 Feb 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Information Management
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Syria: Crisis 2011-2018