Humanitarian situation deteriorates in Syria as winter loomsListen /
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate as the crisis deepens in Syria and the winter season approaches.
This warning has come from the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) in the latest issue of its Humanitarian Bulletin.
Donn Bobb reports.
OCHA says that an increasing number of Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance as at least 2.5 million people are affected by the ongoing conflict.
It warns that the number of people in need of assistance is expected to rise and assistance needs are also likely to deepen, especially among internally displaced people and children.
The agency says that with the onset of the cold season, temperatures are expected to drop considerably and could go beyond zero degrees Celsius in parts of the country.
OCHA is concerned about families who will struggle to survive without essential clothing, adequate shelter and heating.
It says that its winterization package is targeting at least 1.2 million people and requires 40 million in fresh funds.
Donn Bobb, United Nations