to devastate the lives of people and their communities. However, efforts to understand the nature and extent of the damage are essential for identifying immediate needs, and for preparing reconstruction plans that can be launched at the first sign of peace.
Working with partners, including the GFDRR, the World Bank has conducted a preliminary Damage Needs Assessment (DNA) for Syria. The DNA surveyed seven sectors in six Syrian cities--Aleppo, Dar'a, Hama, Homs, Idlib, and Latakia. The sectors in the assessment include: housing, health, education, energy, water and sanitation, transport and agriculture.
The latest Quarterly Economic Brief has collected some of the initial results. The . Housing accounts for 65% of the total damage.
Of the six cities . Latakia is the least affected city surveyed, but its infrastructure and services are under increased pressure by internally displaced people arriving in the city.
Health: The DNA shows that the health sector is in dire condition due to damaged infrastructure, and a shortage of both supplies and health professionals. . About .
The total cost of the infrastructure damage to the health sector, for six cities, is estimated between US$203 to US$248 million by the end of 2014. Since then, the situation has deteriorated further. The UN reports, preventing many patients from accessing these centers.
Education: Of 1,417 institutions ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Universities in six cities, 14.8% have been damaged in some way. These schools are mainly primary and secondary schools. Up to the end of 2014, the total .
With more than 16,000 primary and secondary schools across Syria, the damage to the schools nation-wide is likely to be substantial. Moreover, according to a UN report, (internally displaced people) instead.
Energy and Water: The situation has deteriorated further by the ongoing fuel and electricity shortages. . According to the UN, in November 2015, by the air raids.
It is important to note that most of the damage assessments, including the one completed by the World Bank, were conducted with data till the end of 2014. Since then, the violence has only increased; more damage in Syria was reported in 2015 compared to previous years. Infrastructure and public services have also continued to deteriorate since 2014. The picture has grown even bleaker, and the need for a solution that much more urgent.