Winterisation activities are underway; but they are being hampered by limited funding, implementation capacity, the availability of items on the national and international markets, as well as slow procurement and production times for relief items.
The revised Strategic Response Plan for Iraq was launched on 23 October. An additional $1.6 billion required until 31 December 2015 for 5.2 million vulnerable people.
The delayed 2014/2015 academic year, originally scheduled for September, started on 22 October for many children in Iraq, except for schools in the Dohuk Governorate where it has been postponed to 1 December
The UN launched a US$2.2 billion appeal in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the protection and humanitarian needs of 5.2 million people in Iraq on 23 October. The humanitarian community’s revised Strategic Response Plan (SRP) aims to continue supporting the Government of Iraq in responding to the displacement crisis through December 2015. The multi-sectoral plan was produced by more than 45 humanitarian organisations, including UN agencies, international and national NGOs. To date, over $600 million has been secured for the 2014-2015 Iraq SRP, including a major contribution by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in July 2014. The remaining $1.6 billion is required for activities over the next 14 months for 1.8 million people displaced since January 2014, the 1.5 million people from communities hosting them, and 1.7 million people living in conflict areas outside of the Government of Iraq’s control.
An estimated 2.8 million people are in need of food assistance and approximately 800,000 people are in urgent need of emergency shelter assistance. The onset of winter in Iraq, where temperatures can drop as low as -16°C in the high altitude regions of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), provides added urgency to the appeal.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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