Northwest Syria Earthquake Situation Report

February 14, 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.

Priority affected groups: Major damage has been reported in northern Syria, with 8.8 million people affected across the country. At least 30,000 people displaced in the northwest, could be up to 90,000.

Access: 58 trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered northwest Syria since 9 February, through Bab al-Hawa and 11 through Bab al-Salam on 14 February.

Shelter/NFIs: At least 18,450 buildings are reported destroyed or damaged in northwest Syria, mostly in Harim and Afrin, leaving 11,000 families homeless. 900,000 people are in urgent need of shelter assistance across the country, with 509,000 people targeted.

Health: Already strained health facilities are overwhelmed by the number of casualties, with at least 12,400 people injured and 4,400 deaths. Casualties numbers are expected to rise significantly. At least 57 health facilities are partially damaged or have suspended their services. Limited medical, surgical and ICU beds available. High PSS needs.

WASH: Access to WASH is extremely challenging. Water trucking has been suspended in Idlib, Jarablue and Atma.

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

Food: Markets are generally accessible according to KIs in about 80% of communities. Increased item unavailability reported in Ariha and Janudiyeh sub-districts. Some shops are closed in Darkosh, Harim, Qourqeena, and Suran sub-districts. Lack of bread reported.

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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