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©Syrian Civil Defense, Flood Response


  • SNFI partners completed winter assistance in March. A total of 2.6 million individuals have been reached with assistance across Syria.
  • Flood-response: Site planning support were provided to partners from the different sectors. As partners scaled up response to meet the needs imposed by the natural hazards.



Need analysis

  • People in Need (PiN): According to the 2021 HNO, the Shelter PiN increased to 5.9 million in 2021 which is a four per cent increase from 2020 (5.7 million). The NFI PiN has also rose to 4.7 million in 2021, which is a nine per cent increase from the revised mid-year 2020 PiN (4.3 million) and a 6.8 percent increase from 2019 (4.4 million).
  • Floods: In early 2021, heavy rainfall and widespread flooding further increased the needs of communities in Northwest Syria. With at least 418 IDP sites affected by the flooding increased the need for tent replacements, NFI’s, plastic sheets, multi-purpose cash assistance, ground levelling, winterization, and infrastructure improvement services.
  • Summer Needs: High temperatures during the upcoming months across Syria may increase vulnerabilities of populations living in camps as response is expected to remain limited.



  • Achievements: By the end of Q4, NFI partners have been able to reach 72 per cent of their target with 3.1M people assisted and shelter partners have reached 82 per cent of their target with 2.1M people assisted, while taking into account COVID-19 precautionary measures.


  • Winterization: SNFI Partners have provided winter assistance to 2.6M individuals, reaching 84 per cent of those in need based on partner’s capacity to respond.

Gaps / challenges

  • Data Collection: COVID-19 and approvals continue to pose challenges for systemic data collection.
  • Financial/economic: Funding limitations, fluctuating prices and the regional economic uncertainty continued to pose challenges to partners.
  • Lengthy Project Approvals: Due to the time needed to obtain approvals, several shelter projects have pushed implementation to 2021. These include shelter kits and enhancements to collective shelters.
  • Funding Gaps: Limited funding in response to the significant needs for Shelter and NFI continues to limit the partner’s ability to respond.
  • COVID-19: Restrictions imposed to slow down the spread of the virus such as lockdown have notably affected the delivery of assistance in NES, especially during November. However, distributions were able to pick up during December.