Dar’a al- Baled City with an estimated population of 15,000 - 25,000 people has recently come under intensified insecurity. A substantial increase in conflict has been recorded with displacements in Dar’a, Jizeh, Mseifra, Mzeireb and Busra Esh-Sham sub districts. As of 19 February OCHA reports an estimated 9,000 people have been displaced. If the battle continues at current pace, it is expected that the majority of Dar'a Al-Baled population will displace largely to the farms and villages of South Eastern Dar'a Governorate. Rapid Needs Assessment conducted by WFP and various partners indicate that food and shelter are the top priorities of the displaced people.
As of 20 February, 2017 WFP and its partners (ACTED & IRD) have assisted 9,190 IDPs from Dara Al Balad and 5,480 IDPs from the Yarmouk Valley with Ready to Eat Rations (RTEs). The RTE packages are for a family of 5 lasting for 5 days.
For regular food distribution with monthly Food Rations, WFP and another sector partner serve up to 300,000 people in Southern Syria every month.
From WFP’s plan for February, 74% of the targeted households have received monthly Food Rations in Dar’a and 39% of the targeted households in Quneitra. The gaps in the number of people reached is because of the suspension of convoys from the Ramtha BCP due to insecurity. As of 20 February, distributions in Jabaliyeh, Sokkhariyeh, Jlein, Nahj and Sayda locations have been put on hold due to the ongoing security situation in the areas. The caseload that has been on-hold is to cover 4,365 HHs (21,825 people).
From the other sector partner’s plan for February, almost 50% of their allocation has been distributed. This implies 21,367 monthly Food Rations have been distributed for almost 107,000 people in Dar’a and Quneitra governorates. A further 20,000 monthly Food Rations are yet to be distributed. Out of these 20,000 Food Rations, 10,000 packages are prepositioned inside Syria. The remaining 10,000 packages are still in Jordan. The rationsin Jordan could not be sent across to Syria due to the suspension of Ramtha BCP but option to use the informal border crossing is still open.
A partner that provides flour to bakeries in the affected areas reported that flour and yeast were available with the bakeries, and it is expected that as of now the bakeries will be able to serve the bread needs of the communities. A total of 184 MT of flour has been allocated for the week of 19th to 25 th February, which is an increased allocation to cater for IDPs. A total of 9 MT is also being prepositioned in case the caseloads increase.