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In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush

The alleyways of the Syrian town of Darkush are normally thronged with pedestrians but since the swollen Orontes River burst its banks, Abu Ihab's boat provides the main way of getting around. But this year, days of torrential rain in the mountains of Lebanon has sent a deluge downstream, submerging the streets of his hometown under as much as a metre and a half (five feet) of water.

In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush
A man paddles a small boat along a flooded street in the town of Darkush, in the west of Idlib province on January 17, 2019, following heavy rains that saw the Orontes River (Assi River) break its banks and flood parts of the town and the nearby orchards.
In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush
A child stands watching a man manoeuvering a small boat along a flooded street in the town of Darkush, in the west of Idlib province on January 17, 2019, following heavy rains that saw the Orontes River (Assi River) break its banks and flood parts of the town and the nearby orchards.
In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush
A child waits to climb into a small boat along a flooded street in the town of Darkush, in the west of Idlib province on January 17, 2019, following heavy rains that saw the Orontes River (Assi River) break its banks and flood parts of the town and the nearby orchards.
In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush
Waters flood the ground outside apartment blocks in the town of Darkush, in the west of Idlib province on January 17, 2019, following heavy rains that saw the Orontes River (Assi River) break its banks and flood parts of the town and the nearby orchards.
In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush
Children enjoy a ride on a small boat along a flooded street in the town of Darkush, in the west of Idlib province on January 17, 2019, following heavy rains that saw the Orontes River (Assi River) break its banks and flood parts of the town and the nearby orchards.
In pictures: Orontes River engulfs Syrian hometown of Darkush
A man paddles a small boat along a flooded street in the town of Darkush, in the west of Idlib province on January 17, 2019, following heavy rains that saw the Orontes River (Assi River) break its banks and flood parts of the town and the nearby orchards.