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Earthquake disaster latest: fresh snow compounds Syrians’ misery

Mr. Benlamlih warned the fact that number of people in need of humanitarian support –  currently fifteen. 3 million – must be revised upwards .

Progress lost

Speaking from Damascus via video clip link, Mr. Benlamlih told journalists in New York that  10. 9 mil people in Syria have been affected by the catastrophe   in the northwestern governorates of Hama, Latakia, Idlib, Aleppo and Tartus. “Luckily we’re listening to today that the road is definitely opening… we’re hoping that tomorrow, we will be in a position to deliver something across the edge , ” he said, stressing that UN aid teams and partners had started working “from the very first hour of the disaster” by using prepositioned stocks of meals, dignity and medical sets.   In southeast Türkiye the emergency foods agency is coordinating along with authorities to provide family foods packages to people in short-term camps. The camps already house around 44, 500 Syrians under temporary defense and now include newly displaced Turkish nationals.   “The world woke up to devastating news on Monday. A region plagued by many years of compounding crises, faces yet another one, with unimaginable reduction and destruction.   Immediate relief cannot be postponed , ” said WFP Regional Director for the wider region, Corinne Fleischer. “WFP’s strong footprint in both nations enabled us to immediately mobilize our staff, strategies capacity and partners to reply to people’s most instant food needs. ” “The most significant thing is that we achieve people in this time, people who are desperate for help in this very desperate situation. We find images on TV, children stranded in very harsh frosty winter, snowing, it’s actually heartbreaking. ”

El-Mostafa Benlamlih, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Syria.

The agency stressed that it “mourns all the lives lost in this tragedy”, which sadly  consists of at least one of its own workers .

Aid lifeline latest

Some  100, 000 individuals are now believed to be homeless in Aleppo alone , the particular humanitarian official continued, as he described how just 30, 000 of that number acquired found shelter in universities and mosques. And northwest Syria, the quakes have further complicated a good acute humanitarian crisis, WFP said, in which 4. 1 million people – or even 90 per cent of the inhabitants –  already depend on humanitarian assistance . Of the, close to three million people have been displaced by discord – often more than once.

Reaching the people

© UNICEF/Can Erok Confirming that  roads have been damaged that lead to the only permitted cross-border aid route   into northwest Syria from Türkiye at Bab al-Hawa, the UN Resident Coordinator for Syria said that he or she was hopeful that the traversing point would reopen on Thursday. “ Those are the lucky types , ” he mentioned, before stressing that the left over 70, 000 “have snowfall, they have cold and they are living in a terrible situation”. Where there has ceased to be access to regular supermarkets, WFP plans to  provide family  food packages in order to Turkish nationals for up to a couple weeks   while providers stabilize . Also in the briefing, UN Regional Humanitarian education Coordinator for the Syria Turmoil, Muhannad Hadi echoed the urgent need to get aid to those who need it. The World Health Company ( WHO ) announced in Geneva late on Wednesday that it was releasing million from its Contingency Fund for Events for the response, in both nations, said Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Thousands of children and families are at risk after two devastating earthquakes hit south-east Türkiye and Syria on 6 February 2023.
WFP has enough ready-to-eat food inside northwest Syria to assist 125, 000 individuals and is providing this to local partners.

We have already a very vulnerable situation ; people (are) already vulnerable, not capable of taking care of themselves…and all of a sudden comes this, ” said El-Mostafa Benlamlih, UN Resident Coordinator for Syria.

He noted the added hazard of Syria’s ongoing cholera outbreak, which has infected around 85, 500 there already.   “WHO is providing medical supplies, supporting both countries to respond and dealing with partners to provide specialised medical care. ”

Tens of thousands already attained: WFP

The World Meals Programme WFP, tweeted that trucks in Türkiye had departed from its warehouses in Ankara carrying food for around 17, 000 people afflicted who are now seeking refuge in Osmaniye Cevdetiye camping. More than 50 emergency response and search-and-rescue groups have been deployed to the region and OCHA has also documented that million in emergency funding has been launched by the UN to support the response. UN aid coordination office OCHA also mentioned that UN staff and contractors working in Gaziantep are also directly impacted by the devastation, with some looking for their families in the rubble. Three days after the double earthquake within neighbouring Türkiye, the situation continues to be dire and even more precarious in Syria. “All the achievements we had before, anybody who had a small business offers lost that business,   anybody who could go to school cannot go to school, women who can go to protection centres are not able to go to protection centres . “Our objective is to  reach the people, for us, cross-border plus cross-line are just modalities   complementing each other, ” he said.

WFP staffer killed

Within Syria, WFP and its nearby partners have delivered ready-to-eat rations and daily warm meals to 38, 1000 affected people in animal shelters. El-Mostafa Benlamlih, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim to get Syria.

WHO releases $3 million

Since Wednesday morning, WFP got reached nearly 64, 500 people in urgent need   of meals assistance, providing ready-to-eat food rations, family food packages and hot meals. The meals being distributed requires simply no cooking and provides immediate comfort for families whose dangerous position is made worse simply by freezing temperatures”, the company reported. He said 3 flights in all were because of bring medical supplies including surgical trauma kits, two of them arriving in the theatre of operations within hrs. He said in addition , seventy seven national and 13 worldwide emergency medical teams composed of health professionals from across the world, were deploying. Thousands of children and families are at danger after two devastating earthquakes hit south-east Türkiye plus Syria on 6 Feb 2023. The agency said in a press released published later on Wednesday that it planned to achieve half several people in both countries with much needed meals assistance.


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