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Fires engulf displacement camps in northern Syria during heat wave

Northern Syria is experiencing a heat wave, which is taking a heavy toll on camps for displaced persons who face chronic diseases, wildfires and water scarcity.
Smoke from an indoor bonfire exits from the chimney of the tent of Umm Raed at a camp for the displaced.

The number of fires in camps for the displaced in northwestern Syria has risen to 126 since the beginning of the year after three new fires broke out on Aug. 24 due to high temperatures inside the tents and a reliance on indoor cooking stoves.

More than 590 displaced camps suffer from a lack of water. Also problematic is the decrease in water allocations in other camps due to a lack of official support and a high rate of daily consumption, according to the Syria Response Coordination Group, a nongovernmental organization operating in northwest Syria

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