The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) are installing hundreds of prefabricated housing units in the coastal city of Jableh for victims of the devastating earthquakes that rocked northern Syria earlier this year, as seen in footage captured on Sunday.
Footage shows people who were displaced by the earthquakes taking up residence in their new homes. Each unit has two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom and accommodates six people, according to Emirati authorities.
The project, initiated by UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, aims to provide accommodation for up to 6,000 people affected by the natural disaster.
According to Eng. Ahmed Kanadeel, chairman of the Jableh City Council, 1,000 housing units have been provided to Latakia Governorate with 228 units destined for Jableh. At the time of writing, 47 units have been installed in the city’s Al-Naq’a neighbourhood.
The units are reported to utilise solar energy to generate electricity, although Hassan Baykeh, an earthquake victim who has been rehoused in the Al-Naq’a neighbourhood claimed he has no power in his new home.
« We were affected by the earthquake. We thank the UAE Red Crescent for supporting us during these difficult situations and providing us with prefabricated and fully equipped housing units,” Baykeh said.
“It lacks some basic necessities … Health committees regularly visit the area for routine checks. These housing units lack electricity and telephones, » he added.
Many countries, including the UAE, pledged to provide Syria with humanitarian aid after a devastating earthquake destroyed many parts of the country.
On February 6, a series of earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria. The immediate disaster killed more than 50,000 people and injured tens of thousands more.