· REGION: Snow affects Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, with coldest temperatures in ten years hitting the region – more than two million displaced and refugee children at heightened risk and more vulnerable as weather conditions deteriorate access to basic services and influx of refugees continues.
· SYRIA: Through its various partners in the field, UNICEF was able to reach approximately 263,700 vulnerable people with winter supplies. Areas covered included Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Hassakeh, Tartous, and al-Raqqa.
· Severe weather across Lebanon is causing unprecedented damage to settlements and infrastructure, with heavy rain and snow causing dire consequences for refugees.
· An additional 1,650 students have been enrolled in schools, bringing the cumulative total to 8,942 students to date. Basic education materials have been distributed to 151 schools, benefitting 30,155 Lebanese and Syrian students.
· JORDAN: UNICEF and partners are working around the clock to sustain the provision of services to Za’atari camp, in the face of severe weather conditions.
· IRAQ: Temperature drop in Northern Iraq sees more children attending primary health care centres with cases of acute respiratory infections and flu, while access and security continues to be challenging.
· TURKEY: Lack of capacity to accommodate additional refugees remains a major challenge. The Government of Turkey is providing additional family tents, and more are planned for camps in Kahramanmaras.