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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria and Ethiopia

13 Sep 2022


Many displaced families live without access to potable water in Al-Nour camp, Syria. (Photo credit: OCHA/Abdul Aziz Qitaz)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 13 September 2022


In Syria, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Imran Riza, has expressed serious concern over the cholera outbreak declared by health authorities on 10 September.

Twenty-six cases of cholera have been confirmed across the country, with 20 in Aleppo Governorate, four in Lattakia and two in Damascus. We and our partners have delivered 4,000 rapid diagnostic tests to response teams deployed to investigate suspected cases. We have provided intravenous fluids and oral rehydration salts to health facilities where confirmed patients are admitted, and trucked clean water to affected locations. And we support the Ministry of Health in strengthening preparedness and response capacity for potential outbreaks in all affected governorates.

We have been sounding alarm bells on the impact of water shortages throughout Syria for some time. Vulnerable people increasing rely on unsafe water sources, as the levels in the Euphrates decrease and because of the extend of destruction of the national water infrastructure.We are calling on donors to urgently supply additional funding to contain the outbreak.

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator’s statement is available online.

In Ethiopia, tens of thousands of people have reportedly been displaced in parts of Tigray, Afar and Amhara since hostilities resumed three weeks ago. 

Humanitarian convoys into the Tigray region are still suspended, and UN Humanitarian Air Service flights between Addis Ababa and Mekelle also remain suspended. This hampers the rotation of humanitarian workers and transfer of cash for humanitarian operations. 

We and our partners continue the distribution of available aid in Tigray, including cold chain equipment (freezers and refrigerators) and medical supplies to health centres and hospitals. Partners have also mobilized shelter supplies for 23,000 newly displaced households in Shire and Mekelle towns. 

In Amhara region, an interagency needs assessment was conducted in Mersa town, North Wollo Zone, where nearly 12,000 newly displaced people, mainly women and children, are taking refuge in five schools. Partners will start distributing food and non-food items, and have mobilized a mobile health and nutrition team to the town. 

In Afar region, we are supporting health services and water infrastructure in areas to where internally displaced people have returned. Food, emergency shelter and non-food items assistance has been provided to newly displaced persons. 

In eastern and southern Ethiopia, the drought is getting worse, and more than 16 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance through the end of this year. 

To date, we have assisted more than 8 million drought-affected people with food, nutrition supplements, agricultural support, water, sanitation and hygiene services, and other assistance.