The issue of debris is considered one of the major problems that the residents of Deir Ezzor city suffer in general. This problem becomes even greater when the debris is close to where children are located, such as schools.
For this reason, this project has been run to remove debris and especially from schools.
During the project’s duration, debris and destruction have removed from schools (32 sites). Moreover, the destruction has been also removed from some other public buildings (5 sites).
It is worth mentioning that the amount of extracted debris reached 4,745 m3. So the debris has been recycled directly at the sites, for filling pits (43 pits) and repairing some roads (3 roads), for use in building foundations (7 buildings), or to reduce agricultural soil slipping.
The amount of debris, that has been used has reached 3990 m3.
The director of Al-Jneina Alrifiya School, one of the schools targeted by the project, Daham Al-Abed said:
“….. With the beginning of the school year, children started attending school. We found explosive residue in the debris, which made us fear of an explosion in the school, so we had no choice but to close the school or continue with all this danger and fear. We had wanted to follow-up because there wasn’t any other school for children in the surrounding area to attend.
When this project started, we informed the authorities, which worked to remove the explosive materials and their remains. So the school is free of explosives and debris … “.
In addition to removing the debris, the project included an assessment of the situation of the destruction in the affected villages in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor Governorate. The work began on 29.09.2019, so 35 areas had been surveyed. Then, some other areas (Al-Kishmah, Al-Sha`afa, Al-Susa, and Al-Bagouz) has been also surveyed parallel with the return of the residents to those areas at an accelerated pace.
Because of the large quantities of debris and waste, we have created an accurate database of existing quantities. The total number of surveyed sites has reached 39.