Severe weather affect Syrian refugee children in Za'atari camp in Jordan

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Za'atari camp

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) and its partners are working around the clock to help Syrian refugees affected by severe weather conditions in the Za'atari camp in Jordan.

UNICEF says that heavy rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures in northern Jordan have greatly worsened the situation of children among the 55,000 refugees at the camp.

The agency says that several child-friendly tents and areas have been flooded, and a tent used to shelter unaccompanied minors has collapsed.

Juliette Touma is UNICEF Communications and Media Specialist in Jordan.

"There is a snow storm in Jordan at the moment and that has obviously impacted especially the children which we have moved a lot of to prefabricated areas. UNICEF has been working with UNHCR and with the Jordanian government and with UNICEF partner who is present on the ground to try and drain the water. We are hoping that we can clean the camp and drain the camp and make sure that everybody is feeling warm and dry." (Duration: 24")

UNICEF has distributed emergency warm clothing along with sleeping mats to replace mattresses soaked by the rain.

It has also provided heaters to families now living in prefabricated buildings within the camp.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'15"

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