Syria Earthquake | Government-Controlled Areas

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 Aleppo and Idlib governorates, and to a lesser extent Lattakia, Tartous, Homs and Hama.

Priority needs: include 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: 8.8 million people are affected across the country. More than 298,000 people left their homes.

Access: Turkish authorities are discussing opening another crossing into Government-held areas in Idlib. Al Watan reports that an agreement was reached between the Government of Syria and opposition groups in northwest Syria and shipments will start on Saturday to Idlib via Saraqib.

Shelter/NFIs: 900,000 people are in urgent need of shelter assistance across the country, with 509,000 people targeted. 180 shelters were set-up.

Health: 1,414 dead and 2,349 injured people, mainly orthopedic trauma, with high risk of wound infection and tetanus. High needs of PSS.

WASH: Significant damage to the water networks reported, with 12 high water tanks damaged or affected in Government-held areas. In Lattakia, the Ghaniri reservoir threatens to burst in a residential area.

Protection: Protection is a growing issue, with a large number of unaccompanied children and overcrowded shelters. GBV and sexual harassment reported in Aleppo and Lattakia.

Education: At least 464 schools damaged by the earthquake and 126 used as shelters.

Food: Markets remain impacted, notably in Aleppo. Lack of bread availability was reported in all sub-districts affected by the earthquake, in particular in collective centers.

Logistics: Weak internet communication and damages to the electricity grid are hampering the response, as well as fuel shortages.

Response: The Council of Ministers announced that the areas affected by the earthquake in the governorates of Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama and Idlib are considered disaster areas.

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