Snapshot 29 October – 5 November
In Syria, the opposition remains divided over their participation to proposed peace talks in Geneva, with a decision being expected by 9 November. In Damascus, the Government repeated that it will not enter discussions if President al-Assad is forced to resign. While the overall number of Syrian refugees went over 2.2 million, revised estimates indicated that the number of people in need in Syria has increased from 6.8 million in April to 9.3 million in late October. An estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced.
In the Philippines, Typhoon Krosa, locally known as Vinta, hit Cagayan province on the northern Luzon Island on 31 October. To date, local authorities have reported that over 220,000 people were affected, including almost 66,000 displaced.
In late October, a food security assessment conducted in the northwestern semi-arid Turkana region of Kenya indicated that more than 346,000 people were in dire need of food assistance, according to the authorities.
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