Heavy rainfall is causing misery for thousands of Syrians

Heavy rainfall is causing misery for thousands of internally displaced Syrians in the north of the country, turning lush fields into pools of mud.

the deluge had destroyed their few belongings, including bedding, leaving them with nothing as temperatures are set to approach zero Celsius.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled to this region in recent months and now depend on food, blankets and heating from humanitarian groups to survive.

The heavy rains come at a time when Syria is expected to face extremely cold weather conditions, with temperatures dropping below zero Celsius and prolonged periods of snow.

Last winter, at least 29 children and newborn babies died in sub-zero temperatures after their families fled the last Islamic State (IS) group-controlled villages in eastern Syria.