LEBANON / REFUGEES STORM

08-Jan-2019 00:02:35
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is providing emergency aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon after a heavy storm hit the country on Sunday.UNHCR
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STORY: LEBANON / REFUGEES STORM
TRT: 02:35
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ARABIC/ NATS

DATELINE: 08 JANUARY 2019, BEKAA, LEBANON
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1. Med shot, young boys trying to cross flooded tents
2. Med shot, boy going inside flooded tent
3. Med shot, boy walking inside flooded tent
4. Wide shot, boy and girl crossing from one tent to another
5. Extreme wide shot, refugee settlement
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hiba Fares, Public Information Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We’ve been going around checking on families since yesterday and trying to help as much as we can. Some people had their tents broken. Other people had their tents flooded. A lot of water went into tents. Some people were not able to sleep in their tents and were force to move to their neighbours’ or relatives’ tents. There is no doubt that the situation is very difficult.”
7. Wide shot, refugees gathered around aid distribution truck
8. Various shots, man signing to receive mattress
9. Wide shot, man carrying mattress
10. Wide shot, people carrying mattresses to tent
11. Med shot, people carrying mattresses to tent
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hiba Fares, Public Information Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Today we are trying our best to provide support and meet the refugees’ basic needs such as mattresses and blankets so that refugees can at least stay warm at night as much as possible.”
13. Wide shot, woman carrying son in rain
14. Med shot, girl walking in rain
15. Med shot, women and son looking out window
16. Wide shot, old man walking in rain
17. Wide shot, little girl walking in settlement
18. Wide shot, mother carrying baby walking in the rain
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hiba Fares, Public Information Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We are also trying to provide alternative shelters in collaboration with our partners and the Ministry of [Social] Affairs to provide shelters for families who can no longer sleep in their tents.”
20. Med shot, refugees receiving mattresses
21. Tilt up, flooded ground to refugees receiving mattresses
STORYLINE
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is providing emergency aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon after a heavy storm hit the country on Sunday (6 Jan).

Hiba Fares, UNHCR Public Information Officer, said the agency had been trying to help families affected by flooding. She added some people had their tents torn or broken while others had been forced to move to their neighbours’ or relatives’ tents. She said, “There is no doubt that the situation is very difficult.”

The agency estimates that 50,000 refugees living in around 850 informal settlements could be affected by the flooding. No injuries or casualties have been reported to date.

In Lebanon, life is a daily struggle for more than a million Syrian refugees, who have little or no financial resources. Around 70 percent live below the poverty line. There are no formal refugee camps and, as a result, Syrians are scattered throughout more than 2,100 urban and rural communities and locations, often sharing small basic lodgings with other refugee families in overcrowded conditions.

Since 2011, more than 5.6 million people have fled Syria to neighbouring countries and beyond. Millions more are displaced within the country’s borders. UN agencies and their partners have appealed for $5.5 billion to cover humanitarian needs this year.
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