WINTER NEEDS OVERVIEW
OCHA estimates at present there are more than 2 million IDPs in Iraq, of which at least 770,000 are in Northern Iraq and 1,030,000 in Central/Southern Iraq. The Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP) estimates that 800,000 Iraqi IDPs are in need of shelter assistance, of whom 600,000 IDPs are in Northern Iraq. Dohuk is of specific concern, as it currently hosts 500,000 IDPs, representing the largest concentration of IDPs in Iraq. The SRP moreover estimates that of the total IDPs, 600,000 IDPs are in need of specific winter items such as stoves, additional blankets and other domestic items to ensure adequate warmth during the winter months.
Within the parameters and scope of the Iraq SRP Response Plan as well as UNHCR’s Supplementary Appeal released in September 2014, UNHCR is committed to provide integrated winter support to up to 600,000 IDPs, including 360,000 IDPs with additional basic domestic items specific to winter.
Moreover, up to 240,000 will be provided with shelter interventions, including tents and weather proofing. UNHCR will advocate for authorities and other operational counterparts provide access and sufficient quantities of fuel to meet IDP heating needs. IDPs living in the eight camps constructed will be ensured sufficient water and health services in coordination with UNICEF, WHO and local authorities. The most vulnerable identified IDPs will be provided with one-off cash assistance.
In total, UNHCR’s winter plan budget requirements 2 are USD 124.5 million, of which USD 71.9 million has been received.
UNHCR’s outstanding financial requirements for its winter plan are USD 52.6 million. Delays in timely contributions towards its winter plan have caused delays in procurement, delivery and distribution. Some delays, and with the recent drop of temperatures, are prompting UNHCR to request support for airlift of urgently needed humanitarian items.
UNHCR is hopeful that by providing this summary of its winter plans, progress made towards its implementation and clarification of outstanding requirements will provide a helpful overview will prompt counterparts to support through advocacy and respond with additional financial contributions.