Today’s top news: Syria, Turkey, Cyclone Freddy, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Aid, including medical supplies from the World Health Organization, brought in by a UN interagency mission was distributed in Idlib yesterday. Photo: OCHA/Madevi Sun-Suon


Today, a UN humanitarian mission was conducted in Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria. Representatives from OCHA, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and our security force colleagues are working to open refugee camps and reception centers. visited. Halim, Sulkin, Maarat Mythrin. Medical supplies from WHO have been distributed to his three hospitals. The UN team also met with representatives of non-governmental organizations.

Today, 17 trucks traversed Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salaam carrying aid provided by UNHCR, the World Food Programme, and WHO. A total of 282 UN trucks have passed through his three border crossings since 9 February.

The health sector has been hit particularly hard by the quake, with 47 health facilities reportedly damaged in northwestern Syria alone. Twelve medical facilities have ceased operations and 18 are only partially functioning. Of course, this affects access to medical care for those affected by the earthquake.


UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Teams continue to work in Malatya, Karamanmaras, Adiyaman, Gaziantep and Hatay. According to Turkish officials, there are currently 15 international urban search and rescue teams from 13 countries remaining in Turkey.

We are coordinating a rapid needs assessment and shelter, food, health, water and sanitation remain top priorities.

UN agencies continue to support the government-led response, delivering essential supplies such as food, tents, blankets, hygiene kits, medical supplies and kitchen utensils to those affected by the earthquake.

tropical storm freddy

Cyclone Freddy hit the east coast of Madagascar near the city of Mananjali yesterday. Although weakened before making landfall, the cyclone brought devastating winds.

At least four people were killed and about 11,000 people were displaced. Mainly in Vatovavi province he flooded or damaged more than 4,500 houses. This is based on preliminary government estimates.

We and our humanitarian partners are supporting the government’s response and have begun to assist nearly 7,000 people who have been displaced from their homes.

We will begin an assessment tomorrow to determine the full extent of the damage and the necessary response.

After crossing Madagascar, Cyclone Freddy appears in the Mozambique Channel later today and is expected to intensify again before making landfall in Mozambique on Thursday.

The United Nations and partners are providing food, camp management and emergency communications equipment. Nutrient supplies were replenished at health centers before the cyclone. Cash and educational aid starts next week.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Governments and humanitarian organizations today called for $2.25 billion in Kinshasa to provide life-saving assistance to 10 million people this year.

One in four Congolese people (about 26.4 million) cannot meet their basic food needs. About 6.4 million of them are affected by acute malnutrition, a figure he has not declined in 20 years. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the country most affected by food security in the world.

It also has the highest number of internally displaced persons on the African continent. Years of violence and insecurity have displaced 5.7 million people from their homes. In recent months, there has been a worrying surge in violence in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, including among civilians living in shelters.

Bruno Remarqui, Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said while humanitarian assistance will not solve the humanitarian crisis, it remains important to meet the immediate needs of millions of affected families. said.

Last year’s Humanitarian Response Plan called for $1.9 billion and was 48% funded.

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