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In SAEA’s recent virtual winter conference, members discussed cause and effect scenarios and mitigation techniques for flooding and flood-related damage in reflection on recent flooding in the Detroit area. They continued to deliberate how this relates to areas with less infrastructure and technology like refugee camps and internally displaced people (IDP) housing in Syria.

IDP camps in Syria tend to concentrate in low lying areas or near river banks where the land is not suitable for agriculture or residential building. They are therefore prone to flooding which has been a consistent problem for sustaining these sites. The insidious cycle of winter rain and snow and rising of water level leads to displacement from camps that commonly suffer from a lack of infrastructure and poor or non-existent drainage.

SAEA members deliberated potential mitigation techniques to manage flooding in Syrian IDP camp in light of the standard WASH units designed and implemented by SAEA in various locations.