Cross-Border Convoy Moves Food Aid Into Northeast Syria As Access Constraints Intensify
• A convoy of 34 trucks carrying 796 metric tons of food including sugar, lentils, rice, bulgur, tomato paste, beans, vegetable oil, pasta, salt, and wheat flour – enough to feed 58,000 people for one month – left Wednesday and will deliver urgently needed food assistance over the next few days.
• The convoy is also carrying 10 temporary warehouses to augment WFP food storage capacity in Qamishli, from where food is dispatched and distributed all over the governorate.
• In late March, food stocks for 50,000 people were delivered to Qamishli as part of an inter-agency, cross-border convoy carrying various forms of humanitarian aid.
• Through WFP’s NGO partners, all food rations brought into Syria on the March convoy have been distributed to displaced people in towns and villages across Al-Hassakeh governorate including, Qamishli, Al-Hasakeh, Al Shaddadi, Hilwe, Tal Tamer, Al Hol, Ras Al Ain, Derbasiyeh, Amouda, Tel Hamis, Tel Barak, Al-Malikiyeh and Jwadiyeh. The rations, originally intended for 50,000 people, have reached more than 90,000, as partners have resorted to splitting rations to cover the needs of a larger number of people.
• Despite continued access challenges, WFP has been able to conduct 38 monitoring visits in Al-Hassakeh governorate since the beginning of the year in both rural and urban areas.
• WFP food assistance reached 3.9 million people in Syria in April, compared to a record 4 million inside Syria reached in March, because fighting prevented food deliveries to Ar-Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
• Some of the areas already hard hit by the conflict– mainly Aleppo, Idleb and Hama in the northwest of Syria – are also facing a looming drought, with rainfall less than half of the long-term average. This will have a serious impact on the next cereal harvest and the food security of people in this area.
• WFP needs to raise US$41 million dollars every week to meet the food needs of Syrians affected by the conflict in Syria and in neighbouring countries.
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