Northwest Syria Earthquake Situation Report

February 13, 2023
Daily Situation Report

*This report is a product of the DEEP Remote Analysis Team comprising analysts and other professionals from Data Friendly Space (DFS). DFS wants to acknowledge the significant contributions of its staff to the analytical process, as well as their roles in the publication and finalisation of this report. The DEEP Remote Analysis Team has worked to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the findings presented herein. DFS appreciates the collaborative effort in bringing forth this comprehensive report, reflecting the combined expertise of all teams involved.

Key Developments

Priority geographical areas: The earthquakes severely affected northwest Syria, home to about 4.5 million people.

Priority needs: heavy machines for debris removal; medical supplies, including ambulances and medicine; shelter and non-food items, including heating; emergency food assistance and WASH. Fuel, machines and equipment for debris removal are urgently needed in northwest Syria.

Priority affected groups: Major damage has been reported in northern Syria, with 10.9 million people affected across the country. At least 30,000 people were displaced in the northwest.

Access: 52 trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered northwest Syria after days of disruption.

Shelter/NFIs: Thousands of buildings are reported destroyed or partially damaged mostly in Harim and Afrin leaving 11,000 families homeless and 5.37 million in need of shelter assistance across the country.

Health: Already strained health facilities are overwhelmed by the number of casualties, with at least 7,600 injured people and 4,300 deaths across areas. Casualties numbers are expected to rise significantly. At least 37 hospitals and primary health facilities in north-west Syria are partially damaged and 20 have suspended their services due to the earthquakes.

WASH: Access to WASH in north-west Syria is extremely challenging, with a significant internal displacement wave expected from communities to camps.

Protection: Protection is a growing issue, with a large number of unaccompanied children and overcrowded shelters.

Education: More than 14,000 children and 600 teachers are out of schools with nearly 40% of schools are reportedly damaged.

Logistics: Weak internet communication and damages to the electricity grid are hampering the response.

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