UN continues to provide quake-related aid to Türkiye, Syria

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UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and its partners continue to provide aid to Türkiye and Syria in the aftermath of last month's earthquakes, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday.

To date, UN agencies and humanitarian partners have reached nearly 535,000 people with shelter support. Approximately 1.4 million people have received water, sanitation and hygiene support, and about 47,000 people have been provided with health services, said OCHA.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that 3 million people were displaced by the earthquakes in Türkiye. About 1.7 million people are living in informal settlements, some of which lack proper water and sanitation services.

There are more than 345 organizations on the ground distributing hot meals to about 1.25 million people every day, said OCHA.

"More funding is urgently needed to help more than 5 million people affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye," the office said, adding that as of Friday, the flash appeal was about 20 percent funded.

In Syria, OCHA and its humanitarian partners continue to scale up their response in earthquake-affected areas across the country.

To date, 1,035 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from seven UN agencies have crossed into Northwest Syria from Türkiye, via the three available border crossings, said OCHA.

"Our humanitarian partners in Al-Hassakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates say flooding has damaged the tents of 270 families in collective shelters and informal settlements. At least 100 other families were also affected by the recent rains, with some having to temporarily relocate," said the office.

Affected families are receiving emergency ready-to-eat rations, mobile medical services, and other items from UN humanitarian partners, it added. Enditem

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