Race against the clock to get aid to Syria before winter

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Syrian IDPs wait to be helped at a cash assistance centre in Damascus (© UNHCR/B.Diab)

The aid community in Syria and across the region is racing to help people prepare for winter as temperatures drop.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its local partners have been sending teams to hard-to-reach areas to distribute relief items such as mattresses, blankets, cooking sets, hygienic supplies and more.

The agency also recently joined a convoy delivering aid to 10,000 vulnerable people near Homs, a volatile city in Western Syria.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR's Spokesperson.

"What our teams saw is that many people are living in buildings without windows, without doors, there is no electricity in many places. People in this area will soon urgently need thermal blankets and plastic sheets because of the winter temperatures. Women told us they lacked privacy in the collective shelters."

So far in 2013, Edwards says, about 35 per cent of UNHCR’s core relief supplies had gone to people in hard-to-reach areas of Syria.

The agency aims to deliver relief aid to three million people in those areas including food, shelter and hygiene items.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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