In October 2020, the wildfire incidents witnessed in Lattakia had destroyed a grand total of approximately severely affected 190,000 Dunum of agricultural and forested land, impacted 40,000 families and caused a loss total of 12,000 of the livestock.
The wildfire scenes showed breathless people watching shockingly their assets, houses, livelihoods and dreams burning in that black autumn. However, today, they have overcome the disaster and started building new dreams with the strong belief that it will flourish and come true next spring.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers were there to provide every possible support. They responded immediately with relief aid distributions to the people in the affected villages and moved then to carry out a comprehensive assessment for the damages in 144 villages with the objective to collect detailed information about the needs in different aspects (food, shelter, water, health, agriculture, livestock, livelihood, markets and education).
These assessments will contribute to define the needed support to be provided within the possible capabilities to meet the people’s needs.
It is worth mentioning that Lattakia governorate is selected to be the starting point for the assessment process, which will be expanded to reach all the governorates affected by the October fires.