The U.N. released the FY 2014-2015 Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP) on October 23.
Relief actors continue to prepare for the upcoming winter months, prioritizing shelter assistance.
Violence in the city of Hit, in Al Anbar Governorate, displaced thousands of people.
On October 23, the U.N. released the revised 2014/2015 SRP, outlining the ongoing humanitarian needs in Iraq due to violence and insecurity, where approximately 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Through the SRP, relief actors aim to assist 5 million vulnerable persons. Access to 2.2 million of the people in need is limited due to conflict, notably in Al Anbar. The SRP requests $2.2 billion to meet humanitarian needs in the region.
Since early October, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) advances have caused thousands of people to flee Al Anbar’s Hit and surrounding areas, according to international media. Several U.N. agencies are dispatching food rations, medical supplies, and other emergency relief commodities for the recently displaced households.
Relief actors continue to prioritize winter preparedness for the upcoming months. The early onset of heavy seasonal rains and a rapid drop in temperature have hindered preparation efforts, and in some cases caused sudden flooding in IDP and refugee camps.
The humanitarian community is working to assist those residing in sub-standard shelters, such as unfinished buildings that lack walls and insulation to keep out wind and cold temperatures.
The USG continues to monitor winter preparedness efforts and is working with humanitarian organizations to bolster existing shelters and provide winter kits that include blankets, carpets, kerosene, plastic sheeting, and other essential items.